Chuy Bravo, the longtime TV sidekick of Chelsea Handler, has died at the age of 63.
TMZ reports that Bravo was hospitalized in Mexico City on Saturday after experiencing intense stomach pain. He passed away Sunday. A cause of death was not immediately known.
Bravo appeared alongside Handler throughout the seven season run of her E! talk show Chelsea Lately. He also had bit roles in several prominent films, including Austin Powers in Goldmember, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and The Honeymooners.
Bravo was born in Tangancicuaro, Michoacán, Mexcio, and immigrated to the US when he was 15 years old. He later launched the Little Nugget Foundation in his hometown of Tangancicuaro to provide food and clothing for those struggling with alcoholism. He also was the founder of the Bravo Accademy, which sought to provide opportunities to the Latin community in Hollywood.
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I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do. @chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine. Or his “business calls” with his “business manager,” or his shoe rack with all his children-sized shoes. I’ll never forget him coming to Christmas with my family one year in the Florida keys, and when my niece who was 5 or 6 at the time—saw him, she ran in the other direction saying she was scared. My sister and I were mortified and were apologizing to Chuy, who told us,”it’s ok, lots of little kids get scared when they see big kids coming their way.” I love you, Chuy!