Actor Chuy Bravo, best known for his role on the E! talk show Chelsea Lately, has died.
The fan-favorite performer was rushed to a Mexico City emergency room with an acute stomach ache Saturday, where he died
Bravo appeared as Chelsea Handler‘s sidekick on the show’s debut in 2007 to its end in 2014.
Handler shared a tribute to Bravo in an Instagram post Sunday.
“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.”
Bravo celebrated his birthday Dec. 7.
Handler celebrated the day with a photo of the duo,
“Happy Birthday to my OG Nugget @chuybravo. I love this picture because–not only does it look like Chuy just launched out of my peekachu, I look like a member of ZZ Top. Happy birthday Chuy, and thank you for 8 years of heavy petting.”
The actor — whose given name was Jesus Melgoza Bravo — was born in Mexico in 1956, and moved to California when he was 15.
Bravo also appeared in the 2005 movie The Honeymooners and in 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Chuy Bravo was 63.
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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!
(Photo, Avalon; via USA Today)