Actor Andre Braugher died of lung cancer, publicist confirms

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The cause of death for Andre Braugher has been confirmed as lung cancer, according to the actor’s publicist who provided the information to CBC News on Thursday. Braugher, the Emmy-winning actor renowned for his roles in series such as Homicide: Life on the Street and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, passed away at the age of 61 on Monday. Initially reported as a result of a “brief illness,” it has been disclosed that Braugher was diagnosed with lung cancer just a few months ago, as revealed by his publicist.

The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine expressed their grief on social media, joined by numerous tributes celebrating the legacy of the veteran TV actor. Terry Crews, who shared the screen with Braugher in the comedy series, paid tribute to the late actor, expressing disbelief at his untimely departure and acknowledging the privilege of having known, worked, and shared laughter with him.

In his final film role in the 2022 movie She Said, Braugher portrayed Dean Baquet, the Times editor involved in breaking the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse scandal. Beyond this, Braugher left a lasting impact with notable film credits including Primal Fear and Get on the Bus, along with TV appearances in Hack, Gideon’s Crossing, and The Good Fight.

A versatile artist, Braugher also graced the stage with his talent, often performing Shakespeare. Notably, he won an Obie Award for his portrayal of the title role in Henry V at the New York Shakespeare Festival, where he also showcased his skills in Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, and As You Like It.

Born and raised in Chicago, Braugher was a Stanford graduate with a master’s degree in fine arts from Juilliard. His enduring marriage of over 30 years was to Ami Brabson, his co-star from Homicide. Andre Braugher is survived by his sons Michael, Isaiah, and John Wesley, his brother Charles Jennings, and his mother, Sally Braugher.

Piers Potter


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