Tributes to Chicago-native actor Andre Braugher have begun pouring in after the actor’s sudden death at the age of just 61.
The American actor and two-time Emmy winner was best known for portraying Detective Frank Pembleton on 100 episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street and for playing Raymond Holt on 153 episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
According to the man’s representative, Braugher has passed away after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Ami Brabson and their three sons.
Tributes to the actor have now begun pouring in, with his Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-star Terry Crews saying: “Can’t believe you’re gone so soon. I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent. This hurts. You left us too soon.”
Crews went on to say he was forever grateful for the chance to meet and work with the actor.
“Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship. Deepest condolences to your wife and family in this difficult time. You showed me what a life well lived looks like,” he added.
Paying a tribute was also actor Joe Lo Truglio who branded Braugher as a great family man.
“So many wonderful stories will be told about Andre but for now, all my love goes to his wife Ami and his three boys, who he loved very much and flew back every weekend from the show to be with. We all know how powerful an actor he was, but even more, Andre knew exactly well his most important role and was deeply proud of it,” he expressed.
“He spoke often about his sons, and knew how lucky he was to have Ami. I’m grateful to them for allowing us to share eight years with him.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Dirk Blocker penned: “I am devastated. I love him. The 9 years I was able to work with him and to just be in his presence was truly a blessing. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea Peretti, who appeared as Gina Linetti on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, recalled some of her favorite memories she shared with Braugher.
“I will always cherish our conversations, often with me hanging in your doorway barring your exit, and the insane opportunity to be your sidekick. 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,” she wrote.
Our thoughts remain with Andre’s loved ones during this challenging time.