Chuy Bravo, Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her E! talk show Chelsea Lately has died at 63.
The Mexican-American actor was in Mexico City when he was admitted to the hospital with stomach pains.
It is unclear the cause of Bravo’s death, but reports suggest he was visiting his family in Mexico when he took ill leading him to be hospitalised shortly before his death.
Jesus Melgoza was his real name and he was born in Tanganicicuaro, Mexico; at aged just 15 he immigrated to San Fernando Valley in California where he began his career.
During an interview with Latina in 2012, The Sex Strip actor admitted that he was a recovering alcoholic — which almost made him homeless — and a survivor of prostate cancer. He said, “I have been through a lot in my life, but I’ve overcome my struggles and now I’m finally living my life,”
Paying tribute to her friend and sidekick, Handler wrote on Instagram, “I love this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do … Chuy Bravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine.”
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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!
Rest in Peace.
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