Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher’s Cause of Death Confirmed

Renowned actor Andre Braugher, celebrated for his role as Captain Raymond Holt in the popular comedy-drama series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has tragically passed away at the age of 61.

The news of his demise, occurring on December 11, has left both his admirers and colleagues in mourning, as Braugher’s impactful career resonated with audiences, earning him a dedicated following.

The agent representing the TV luminary officially confirmed Braugher’s untimely death to Variety on the late evening of Tuesday, December 12. The actor had been grappling with a ‘brief illness’ leading up to his poignant departure. Throughout his illustrious career, Braugher, a father of three, had garnered widespread acclaim for his portrayals of tough-talking law enforcement figures, solidifying his status as a versatile and respected actor.

Braugher’s role as the stoic Captain Raymond Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine not only endeared him to a new generation of fans but also earned him recognition in the form of 11 Emmy Award nominations. Notably, four of these nominations were specifically attributed to his outstanding portrayal of Holt in the beloved sitcom, alongside co-stars Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti, and Marc Evan Jackson.

Born in Chicago, Braugher’s journey to stardom commenced after studying theatre at Stanford University and attending the drama division at Juilliard in New York. His breakthrough came in 1989 with a role in the war thriller Glory, sharing the screen with luminaries such as Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington. Subsequently, he achieved acclaim for his role as Detective Frank Pembleton in the TV police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, earning an Emmy in 1998.

Beyond his professional achievements, Braugher’s role on Homicide also led him to his life partner, Ami Brabson, a fellow cast member on the show. The couple, who married in 1991, shared three children. Colleagues and friends, including Terry Crews, expressed their grief on social media, highlighting the impact Braugher had on their lives. Crews, in an emotional Instagram post, shared, “You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship.”

Joe Lo Truglio, who co-starred with Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, emphasized the actor’s dedication to family, noting his pride in being a father and husband. Dirk Blocker, another co-star, paid tribute to Braugher’s intelligence, kindness, and extraordinary talent.

The online community also mourned the loss of this legendary actor, with fans expressing disbelief and sadness over the news. Many recalled Braugher’s brilliance on screen and shared personal anecdotes about their admiration for him. In a poignant gesture, Braugher’s family requested that instead of flowers, well-wishers contribute to the Classical Theatre of Harlem, an organization where Braugher served on the board, highlighting his commitment to both his craft and philanthropy.