The actor died this week at the age of 61

Andre Braugher died of lung cancer, his longtime publicist Jennifer Allen shared, according to the New York Times. The two-time Emmy-winning actor from Brooklyn Nine-Nine It is Homicide: life on the street he died on Monday this week, aged 61.

Allen revealed that Braugher was diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. When news of his death was shared, it was announced that he died after a brief illness.

In 2014, Braugher spoke with the New York Times Magazine, who reported that he had quit smoking and drinking years earlier. “I won't go into details, but I haven't always been at the top of my game and that comes at a cost,” the actor shared at the time. Hesitant to go into detail, he added: “There will not be a memoir.”

Braugher's breakout role came in 1992, when he landed the role of Detective Frank Pembleton on the NBC series. Homicide: Life on the Street. He starred on the show until 1998 and won an Emmy Award that year. The role also earned him two Television Critics Association Awards in 1997 and 1998 for Best Actor in a Drama Series.

In 2013 Braugher began his career as captain Raymond Holt in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He starred alongside Andy Samberg and racked up four Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy nominations during his time on the show. The series ended in 2021 after eight seasons.

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Braugher has received 11 career Emmy nominations, two of which were for 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 the New York Shakespeare Festival stage in Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and As You Like It. His feature film appearances included roles in Phillip Noyce's Salt, Rodrigo García's Passengers; Gregory Hoblit 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.

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