This week, TV fans all over the world mourned the loss of Andre Braugher, a two-time Emmy-winning actor known for his memorable roles in the acclaimed police drama Homicide: Life on the Street and the hit sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Braugher, aged 61, passed away on December 11 after a battle with lung cancer.
A Battle with Lung Cancer
Today, we learned more about Braugher’s cause of death. His publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed that the actor had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. Lung cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer in the US, is often linked to smoking. However, Braugher had quit smoking several years ago, as reported in a 2014 profile by the New York Times.
The news of Braugher’s passing shocked and saddened the entertainment industry. Throughout his illustrious career, he had shown remarkable talent in both drama and comedy, making him a rare TV star who could excel in both genres.
A Stellar Career
Braugher’s career in the entertainment industry began with his film debut in the Oscar-winning 1989 movie Glory. He gained fame playing Detective Frank Pembleton on the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street, a role that earned him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1998. He later won a second Emmy for the FX miniseries Thief and received two more nominations for his work on Men of a Certain Age.
However, it was his portrayal of Captain Raymond Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine that brought Braugher newfound fame and a new audience. The Fox sitcom, which ran for eight seasons from 2013 to 2021, showcased Braugher’s talent for comedy and made Captain Holt one of the show’s most beloved characters. Braugher received four Emmy nominations for his outstanding performance in the series.
Tributes and Memories
Following his untimely passing, Braugher’s co-stars from Brooklyn Nine-Nine expressed their heartfelt tributes to the veteran actor. Terry Crews, his on-screen colleague, took to Instagram to share his grief and admiration for Braugher’s talent, kindness, and mentorship. Actress Melissa Fumero also shared a tribute, fondly remembering the advice and laughter they shared on set and expressing her gratitude for the time they spent together.
The loss of Andre Braugher is deeply felt, and his incredible contributions to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Homicide: Life on the Street will always be remembered.
Let us honor the memory of this incredible actor by sharing the news of his passing. Rest in peace, Andre Braugher.