Actor Andre Braugher dies at 61 after lung cancer battle

 December 14, 2023

The death of the star of several popular television shows rocked the industry this week.

According to Fox News, Andre Braugher, known widely for his role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine reportedly died at age 61 this week. The news was confirmed by his publicist.

Braugher played the role of Captain Ray Holt on the popular, award-winning police sitcom.

He was also known for his six seasons of playing Detective Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street.

Fox News noted:

Braugher starred alongside Andy Samberg in the hit comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," where he won two Critics Choice awards for best supporting actor in a comedy series and received four Emmy nominations for playing Captain Holt.

He earned his first Emmy for his starring role in "Thief," and another Emmy in 1998 for his work on the police procedural series "Homicide."

A rep for the late actor originally stated that Braugher died after a "brief illness." However, on Thursday, it was revealed that the cause of death was lung cancer, with which he'd been diagnosed just a few months ago.

Given his popularity in the business, tributes poured in from countless stars and people he's worked with over the years, not to mention an army of fans who adored his work. Hollywood icon Samuel Jackson weighed in as well.

"We’ve lost a great one. Award winning actor Andre Braugher, known for playing stoic cops, most recently in Brooklyn nine nine, has died at age 61. So sad to hear this," ABC anchor Deborah Roberts wrote.

"Very sad about Andre Braugher. A remarkable actor," an X user wrote.

Clearly, he will be missed by his family, colleagues, and fans around the world, and he left quite the mark with his consistently fantastic performances.