Chuy Bravo, the star who is best known as Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her show ‘Chelsea Lately’ — has died at the age of 63.
According to reports, the Mexican-American television star died Sunday, and no other information was available at this time.
Entertainment Tonight was the first to report the news of Chuy’s death.
The Mexican-American actor, best known as Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on Chelsea Lately, has died, ET confirms. He was 63. No other details are available at this time.
Chuy’s death came just a week after Chelsea paid tribute to her longtime sidekick. Handler posted a message on Instagram in honor of his 63rd birthday.
“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,” she posted.
According to reports, Chuy was rushed to the emergency room on Saturday after complaining of stomach pains.
His family says he was treated for the stomach issues, but they were then called on Sunday and told Chuy had passed away.
It is unclear if the stomach pain was the actual cause of his death.
Chuy had just returned from being out of town for some time in Mexico.
In 2012, Chuy revealed that he survived prostate cancer, which he explained early treatment was the key to surviving after it was diagnosed. Chuy, who has said he was recovering alcoholic was once nearly homeless in his life. “I have been through a lot in my life… but I’ve overcome my struggles and now I’m finally living my life,” he said in an interview.
Bravo launched the Little Nugget Foundation in his hometown of Tangancicuaro, Mexico to help provide food and clothing for those struggling with the disease. He also started the Bravo Academy in Los Angeles, which focuses on the Latin community in Hollywood, and people working for careers in the entertainment community.
Chuy, who had just completed a new interview with an entertainment website, seemed alive and well just over a week ago.
RadarOnline spoke to the ‘Chelsea Lately’ alum in response to Handler’s well wishes for his birthday.
Bravo told the outlet, he “didn’t know” Handler had sent him the message. “I have been out of town in Mexico. Wow. Thank her very much. She loves me,” he said.
Chuy said, at the time, he had not seen the comedian since the show had ended. “She is very busy,” Bravo said. “We have both been busy trying to do our thing that we haven’t seen each other since. But we text, we call each other. She called me last week actually before my birthday. ”