Chuy Bravo died from a heart attack.
“On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Bravo was rushed to the emergency room due to a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GI Bleed),” his rep said in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment. “After complications he suffered an Acute Myocardial Infarction that led to his passing. Bravo’s family is devastated as they cope with this sudden loss. They are overwhelmed with the thoughts and prayers they have received and send their appreciation.”
The 63-year-old, whose real name was Jesús Melgoza, was best known for his work as comedian Chelsea Handler’s sidekick on her former show, Chelsea Lately.
He was visiting family in Mexico when he went to the hospital with stomach pains.
Page Six reports that a funeral for him was held on Monday and a memorial service is planned for a later date in Los Angeles.
In the wake of the TV personality’s death, Handler paid tribute to her co-star from 2007 to 2014, who has remained her friend, on social media.
“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,” Handler wrote in part, using her nickname for Bravo. “@chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine.”
She also shared a clip of some of his greatest moments on the show.
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