Award-Winning Actor Dies At 61

Andre Braugher, who starred in several popular television series, died this week at 61 years old after a brief illness. The actor gained popularity, especially after the airing of the NBC police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

The family did not disclose the exact nature of the illness, but the actor left behind a wife and three children. Braugher gained considerable attention as detective Frank Pembleton on “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

He won an Emmy and two Television Critics Awards for his work on the show.

However, he gained more attention as Captain Raymond Holt on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” In the role as the older police captain in the precinct, Braugher claimed two Critics Choice Awards as well as four Emmy Award nominations.

In addition, Braugher acted in the award-winning Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington film “Glory,” which depicted a historical Black regiment during the American Civil War.

Following his early work, he starred in several shows about police.

Co-stars paid tribute to the actor after his passing was announced Tuesday.

This included former football player and actor Terry Crews, who acted alongside Braugher on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Crews wrote that he was “honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent.”

Crews further wrote that he would be “forever grateful for the experience of knowing you.”

The show’s executive producers wrote in a statement that they were “heartbroken by the news of his passing.” They called him “one of the most talented dramatic actors in history, and then he decided to try comedy, and he was instantly one of the funniest people ever to do it.”

They also cited the “happiness and joy he brought to those around him.”

Fox, which originally aired the show, said in a statement that its staff was “devastated by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague.”

The statement further wrote that Braugher would be remembered “mostly for his big heart, kindness and the lasting impact he made on his friends, family and fans everywhere.”