Chelsea Handler's longtime TV sidekick and hypeman Chuy Bravo has passed away. As TMZ reports, the Mexican-American actor was suffering from a bad stomach ache on Saturday (December 14) while visiting family in Mexico City and went to the emergency room, where he stayed over night. Family members say he passed away on Sunday (December 15). His official cause of death is currently unknown. Chuy was 63 years old.
After the news broke, Handler took to Instagram to pay tribute to her Chelsea Lately collaborator.
"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," the comedian wrote alongside of her and Chuy. "@chuybravogave 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!"
See the heartfelt post below.
Though best known for his many appearances on Chelsea Lately, Chuy also had roles in films including Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Rundown, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Honeymooners, The Sex Trip and Tiptoes.
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