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Andre Braugher, Beloved Actor of “Homicide” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Passes Away at 61

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Emmy-winning actor and beloved television star, Andre Braugher, passed away on Monday (December 11) at the age of 61, following a brief illness. The news, confirmed by his publicist, sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and left fans mourning the loss of a truly exceptional talent.

Born in Chicago in 1962, Braugher began his career with a commanding presence in film and television, excelling in both dramatic and comedic roles. After graduating from Stanford University and the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, he launched his career with a role in the 1989 film “Glory,” alongside Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.

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Braugher career spanned over four decades, with iconic roles in both drama and comedy. He became a household name for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in the critically acclaimed series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998. 

This success was just the beginning for Braugher, who went on to captivate audiences once again with his portrayal of the enigmatic Captain Raymond Holt in the beloved sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from 2013 to 2021. His deadpan humor and dry wit perfectly complemented his character’s stern demeanor, making Captain Holt a fan favorite and earning Braugher another Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2020.

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Beyond his television work, Braugher also excelled on stage and in films. He received critical praise for his performances in movies like “City of Angels,” “Frequency,” “Salt,” “Primal Fear,” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” He also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role in FX’s 2006 series “Thief.”

He is survived by his wife Ami Brabson, who also appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and three children.

Andre Braugher’s Cause Of Death

According to TMZ, Andre Braugher died from lung cancer. A rep for Andre tells the news outlet the Emmy-winning actor was diagnosed with the disease a few months before he passed away. 

Tributes from Colleagues:

In the wake of his passing, tributes from colleagues and friends have poured in. Terry Crews, who played Terry Jeffords in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” wrote on Instagram: “Can’t believe you’re gone so soon… This hurts. You left us too soon. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship. Deepest condolences to your wife and family.”

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Chelsea Peretti, who played Gina Linetti in the same series, expressed her grief: “Love you. Will miss your dulcet tones. Forever lucky to have gone on such a journey with you. Ringside seat. You were so funny to me and the epitome of still waters run deep. I will always cherish our conversations.”

Joel McKinnon Miller, Norm Scully in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” shared a poignant message: “An actor prepares… Sending love to Andre’s family and friends and all of us who had the honor of working with him.”

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