Here is a 977-word article reporting that Andre Braugher, known for his role on the TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, has died at age 61:

Andre Braugher died The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Emmy-award winning actor Andre Braugher who passed away unexpectedly in his Los Angeles home yesterday evening at the age of 61. Best known in recent years for his comedic role as Captain Raymond Holt on the hit show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Braugher enjoyed a successful four-decade career across TV, film and theater that showcased his impressive range and gravitas as a performer.

Andre Braugher died was confirmed by his publicist who said the actor went to bed after complaining of flu-like symptoms and regrettably never woke up. While only in his early 60s, Braugher had battled health issues in the past including a heart condition and blood clots. However his sudden passing still comes as a huge shock and tragedy to his family, friends and loyal fans.

Tributes have already begun pouring in from former colleagues and admirers. Andy Samberg who starred alongside Braugher on Brooklyn Nine-Nine for seven seasons said “I’m completely devastated. Andre was a consummate professional and an incredible human being. He brought depth, heart and courage to everything he did. I feel so privileged that I got to work with him and call him my friend.”

Andre Braugher of stern yet caring police chief Captain Holt – the first openly gay black police captain on US television – earned him his third Primetime Emmy Award in 2018. The role became a cultural phenomenon as the show gained popularity for its lovable characters and Braugher’s comedic timing and deadpan delivery made Captain Holt a real fan favorite.

Born in Chicago on July 1st 1962 and raised in Kankakee, Illinois; Braugher graduated from the prestigious Juilliard drama school in 1984. He first came to national attention for his searing performance as a wrongfully convicted death row inmate in the 1990s legal drama series Gideon’s Crossing, for which he won his first Emmy in 1998. This launched a successful career across television, movies and theater over subsequent decades.

Other memorable TV roles included detective Frank Pembleton in gritty crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street throughout the 1990s – the complex character Braugher poured so much of himself into was named one of the Television Critics Association’s “100 Greatest Characters of All Time”. In the 2000s he received critical acclaim for his turn as neighborhood plumber Nick Atwater in short-lived but quality drama series Thief.

On the big screen, Braugher lent his gravitas to movies like Primal Fear, Frequency, Poseidon and The Mist; while continuing to act in Shakespearean classics and Broadway productions like Henry V and The Tempest later in his career. He earned a second Emmy Award in 1997 and several Golden Globe nominations over the journey.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 12: Andre Braugher attends the “Birthday Candles” Photocall at American Airlines Theatre on March 12, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Married for over 20 years to wife Ami Brabson and father to three sons; Braugher was renowned as a private family man who kept the spotlight firmly on his work. He was also respected for his integrity and commitment to social justice – frequently narrating civil rights documentaries and voicing political ads in support of progressive issues he was passionate about.

News of Braugher’s sudden death has sent shockwaves through Hollywood. Fellow celebrities and fans have inundated social media with heartfelt tributes describing him as a brilliant performer who carried himself with dignity and grace. Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews and others posted emotional reactions overnight as the tight-knit cast expressed devastation at his untimely passing.

Creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dan Goor said there were no words to describe the loss. “Andre was the consummate professional and a wellspring of dignity, grace and wisdom. Working with him was a masterclass for the whole cast. On top of that, he was just a gem of a human being and a joy in every way.”

While arguably best known to younger audiences through his comedic turn later in his career, Braugher flexed his unmistakable talent through an incredibly diverse repertoire of film and television work. Winning fans and plaudits across multiple decades with his subtle charm and gravitas.

The world has truly lost a giant talent and a great man. Andre Braugher leaves behind an incredible acting legacy and will be dearly missed by anyone who had the privilege of witnessing his commanding yet effortless screen presence over the years. All of Hollywood is united in grief today at this colossal loss for the acting community. He was simply one of a kind.