The entertainment world is in mourning as news of Andre Braugher’s passing at the age of 61 shakes the cast and fans of the beloved TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The actor, celebrated for his role as Captain Raymond Holt in the comedy series, succumbed to a brief illness on Monday, as confirmed by his publicist Jennifer Allen to Variety.
Devastated co-stars from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” poured their hearts out on social media to pay homage to the late actor. Terry Crews, who portrayed Terry Jeffords, expressed gratitude for Andre’s wisdom and friendship over their eight years working together. Sharing a photo, Crews wrote a heartfelt tribute, acknowledging Andre’s irreplaceable talent and the impact he had on his life.
Kyra Sedgwick, who played NYPD Commissioner Madeline Wuntch, shared her heartbreak on Instagram, reminiscing about playing Andre’s on-screen counterpart. The poignant post featured a throwback selfie of Kyra and Andre, capturing the camaraderie they shared on set. Dirk Blocker, known for his role as detective Michael Hitchcock, praised Braugher as fiercely intelligent and remarkably kind. Blocker reflected on their nine years of collaboration and the privilege of working with a man who possessed deep and extraordinary talent.
Chelsea Peretti, aka Gina Linetti, shared a poignant snapshot of Andre posing with a painted portrait of his character Raymond. Peretti expressed her love and gratitude for the memorable journey they shared, emphasizing Andre’s profound impact on her both personally and professionally.
The outpouring of tributes extended beyond the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast. Viola Davis, who worked with Andre on ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘Good Times'” in 2019, shared her heartbreak on Instagram. Davis praised Andre’s talent, bottomless heart, and love for his family, declaring him a great man who would be dearly missed.
Several other industry figures, including Josh Lucas, Al Roker, Ruth E. Carter, and Shonda Rhimes, paid their respects to Andre Braugher, celebrating his honesty, integrity, and incomparable acting skills. Shondaland founder Rhimes expressed deep sadness at the loss, describing Andre as an extraordinary actor and a warm and kind soul.
Andre Braugher’s legacy extends far beyond his on-screen roles, touching the lives of those who had the privilege of working with him. As fans and colleagues grieve his passing, the indelible mark he left on the world of entertainment will be cherished for years to come.
Derek Chan – Editor