Eddie Murphy Paid for Comedian Redd Foxx's Funeral & Headstone after He Died Moneyless
Eddie Murphy recently opened up about his love for Redd Foxx and how he paid for his funeral after the comdeian died moneyless.
Often, bad things happen to people who have worked hard all their lives. Some times it might be ignorance, and other times, it might be a stroke of bad luck, but whatever the case, it is often sad to see someone who has struggled die moneyless.
Known for his raunchy and scatological style of comedy, Redd Foxx born John Elroy Sanford was one comedian to watch out for back in the ’80s and ‘90s. But with a series of unfortunate events befalling him, Eddie Murphy had to pay for his funeral.
"Redd Foxx, I had to physically pay for his funeral, and buy his headstone, and do all that stuff."
Eddie explained that the reason he had to do it was because some people who were in the business often did not have their stuff together before they passed on and because he loved Redd, he did it for him.
EDDI AND REDD'S RELATIONSHIP
While many may not know it, Eddie and Redd had an excellent relationship. With Redd being like a mentor to Eddie and helping him in the early years of his career while also featuring in his movie "Harlem Nights."
Redd’s family was still fighting over his wealth and how to take care of his taxes.
REDD'S FINANCIAL WOES
While Redd was living the life onscreen and using most of his time to make people laugh, he was not keen on properly handling his finances, and this led him to fall in trouble with the tax force.
Speaking of the experience, Redd claimed that he was poorly treated and in an inhumane manner. He also expressed that the IRS was angry about the money he made from the movie "Harlem Nights."
THE LIFE OF REDD
Redd's life was filled with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Known for his raunchy comments and adult jokes, he influenced a new generation of comedians.
Asides from being a comedian, Redd also acted in movies and was famous for the television series "Sanford and Son," where he played the role of Fred Sanford, a grouchy junk dealer.
He was married four times, and even years after his death, his family was still fighting over his wealth and how to take care of his taxes.
Although Redd influenced Eddie Murphy’s career, it is impressive to note that at the time it was needed, Eddie was able to be of help to the late comedian.