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Andre Braugher, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ star, Dies at 61

Andre Braugher, the 61-year-old American actor who played Captain Raymond Holt in the smash sitcom ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ has died.

Braugher, who starred in the film ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ as Detective Frank Pembleton, died on Monday after a brief illness.

The specific illness that caused his death is unknown.

Terry Crews, who played Terry Jeffords in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ praised Braugher as a “irreplaceable talent” in his tribute.

“I’m honoured to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared eight glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent,” Crews wrote on Instagram.

“This hurts. You left us too soon. You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship.

“You showed me what a life well lived looks like.”

Braugher was born in 1962 in Chicago as the youngest of four children. He studied theatre on a Stanford scholarship before attending the Juilliard School for drama.

He gained fame in Hollywood after his role in 1989’s ‘Glory’. The film about an all-Black army regiment during the Civil War also featured Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington.

He also earned roles in ‘City of Angels’, ‘Poseidon’, ‘Frequency’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’, ‘Salt’ and ‘The Gambler’.

Throughout his three-decade career, he won two Emmy Awards, from a total of 11 nominations.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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