Brandon Murphy dead: Hitmans Wifes Bodyguard writer dies at 43 as pals confirm sad news

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Screenwriter Brandon Murphy, best known for co-writing last year’s blockbuster action-comedy film Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard alongside his brother Philip Murphy, died on January 9 in Los Angeles, according to Deadline. Friends informed the publication of the sad news, but the cause of death is currently unknown. 

A sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, his movie was a huge hit and starred Hollywood A-listers including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas.

The writer of the original 2017 film, Tom O’Connor, also worked alongside him on the film. 

Murphy was about to make his directorial debut with horror thriller Snow Valley, which he also wrote.

The film was in post production at the time of his death.

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According to The Wrap, Cooper van Grootel, Tom Williamson, David Lambert and Barbara Crampton will star in the film, which focuses on a newly-engaged couple who go on an ill-fated ski weekend.

The couple are visited by an unexpected guest and the house’s supernatural forces begin to rise.

Together with his brother, Brandon made the 2011 Black List with their script The Last Drop. The project now is set up at 21 Laps.

The Murphy brothers also hosted Camp Goodboy, a weekly podcast which saw guests join them for a satirical critique of pop culture and current events.

Several fans of the talented writer took to Twitter to pay their respects and to express sadness over Brandon’s death at such a young age.

“This is awful RIP Brandon Murphy,” Ilyryanreynolds tweeted, alongside crying and heartbreak emojis.

On the original Deadline article, PaoloSkywalker2 commented: “So sad!!! RIP”

“Rest In Peace!” supermangeek101 added, with crying and heartbreak emojis.


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“Taken too soon. RIP,” wrote Ros Tinkler, with a prayer emoji.

Brandon was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1978, and went on to live in New York City before he finally moved to Los Angeles.

He reportedly gained notoriety during his time in the big apple in the mid-2000s as the underground graffiti artist who was responsible for the misspelt tags: “Rod Stuart Love the Hamptons”.

It was around that time that the screenwriter managed to sell a pitch for his first feature, Pony Bush, to Dimension.

According to the US publication, friends say that once money from the script sale had come in, the rising star travelled to LA and booked a room at Chateau Marmont, where he decided to splash some cash.

A friend had asked: “Is it true after Pony Bush you blew 60 grand in two months?”

“No, it was 80 grand in one month,” Brandon had reportedly replied.

Aside from his other pursuits, Brandon was also an abstract artist and fronted Los Angeles band D.O.L (Drunk Old Ladies) and even filmed a video for their song Astro-Time which starred Chris Messina.

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