Emmy-winning actor Andre Braugher passed away at the age of 61 earlier this week after being diagnosed with lung cancer a few months prior, as confirmed by his publicist Jennifer Allen in a statement to CNN on Thursday. The New York Times initially reported the news.
When Braugher’s death was announced on Monday, Allen described it as a “brief illness,” but she clarified on Thursday that the cause was indeed lung cancer. Braugher, celebrated for his Emmy-winning role in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and his comedic performances in NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.
After making a powerful debut in the 1989 film “Glory,” where he portrayed a soldier during the war era, Braugher accumulated an extensive list of film and TV credits throughout his illustrious career. His second Emmy came in 2006 for the FX miniseries “Thief,” and he received a total of 11 Emmy nominations.
Following a three-season stint on “Men of a Certain Age” alongside Ray Romano, Braugher returned to the small screen as Capt. Ray Holt in the Andy Samberg comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which ran for eight seasons. Braugher earned Emmy nominations for both shows.
Lung cancer, the third most common cancer in the United States, claimed Braugher’s life, as reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics reveal that more individuals, both men and women, succumb to lung cancer in the US than any other type of cancer.
Andre Braugher is survived by his wife, actor Ami Brabson, whom he married in 1991.