Andre Braugher dies aged 61

Throughout his career, Braugher often played police roles in both serious and funny contexts

by Sead Dedovic
Andre Braugher dies aged 61
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Actor Andre Braugher, known for roles in 'Brooklyn 99,' 'War for Glory,' 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' and 'Men in Crisis,' passed away at 61. His agents confirmed his death after a short illness.

Throughout his career, Braugher often played police roles in both serious and funny contexts. Born in Chicago, he graduated from Stanford University and studied acting at the Juilliard School.

Critics praised Braugher's work in 'Homicide,' and the show earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. His captivating presence and unique rhythm on screen were lauded by Homicide's writer and producer Tom Fontana.

In 'Brooklyn 99,' Braugher shone as Captain Raymond Holt from 2013 to 2021. He also appeared in 'Kojak' and was reportedly chosen for a major role in the Netflix series 'The Residence.'

He is survived by his wife, actress Amy Brabson, whom he met on the set of Homicide, and three sons.

Message of condolences

Marc Evan Jackson reacted to the death of his friend via social media:

“Andre elevated every moment he came anywhere near, and it was an honor to have known and worked with him,” he said. “My deepest condolences to his family, and all those who like all of us, loved him very much.” - he said, as quoted by PEOPLE!

Chelsea Peretti, his friend, expressed her condolences to the family and emphasized how great and funny a person Braughter was.

“Love you ❤️. 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, often with me hanging in your doorway barring your exit, and the insane opportunity to be your sidekick,” the 45-year-old continued. “Is it weird that I am also grieving for what Captain Holt meant to Gina? I really hoped and knew I would see you again. Hate that I won’t 💔.”