Andre Braugher died of lung cancer, his longtime publicist Jennifer Allen has shared, according to the New York Times. The two-time Emmy-winning actor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Homicide: Life on the Street died on Monday this week at the age of 61.
Allen revealed that Braugher was diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. When news of his death was shared, it was shared that he died following a brief illness.
In 2014, Braugher spoke with the New York Times Magazine, which reported that he had stopped smoking and drinking years prior. “I won’t go into details, but I have not always been at the top of my game, and that has a cost,” the actor shared at the time. Hesitant to go into details, he added: “There won’t be a memoir.”
Braugher’s breakout role came in 1992, when he landed the role of Detective Frank Pembleton in NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street. He starred on the show until 1998 and earned an Emmy Award that year. The role also granted him two Television Critics Association Awards in 1997 and 1998 for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
In 2013, Braugher began his run as captain Raymond Holt on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He starred alongside Andy Samberg and racked up four Emmy nominations for supporting actor in comedy during his time on the show. The series ended in 2021 after eight seasons.
Braugher earned 11 total career Emmy nominations, two of which were from his role in the sitcom Men of a Certain Age, in which he starred alongside Ray Romano and Scott Bakula. The actor also appeared on stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, and in As You Like It. His feature film appearances included roles in Phillip Noyce’s salt, Rodrigo García’s Passengers; Gregory Hoblit’s Frequency, and more.
Braugher is survived by his wife Ami Brabson; his sons Michael, Isaiah and John Wesley; his brother Charles Jennings and his mother Sally Braugher.