We now know how Chuy Bravo died.
Bravo, the longtime Chelsea Lately sidekick during the show’s successful run on E! up until 2014, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend in his native Mexico while visiting family. He was 63 years old.
According to a public statement released by the TV personality’s media reps following his death, the Mexican-American performer died of a heart attack. Born Jesus Melgoza Bravo, Chuy was officially pronounced dead at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday morning in Mexico City.
Per People, the statement revealing the cause of death added more about future memorial services as well:
“On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Bravo was rushed to the emergency room due to a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GI Bleed.) After complications he suffered an Acute Myocardial Infarction that led to his passing. Bravo’s funeral services took place today and will be cremated. His family has confirmed he will be brought back to Los Angeles (no date has been set) for a memorial service.”
The statement continued, noting Bravo’s family was “devastated” by his sudden passing, and amazed at the outpouring of love they’ve received in the days since:
“Bravo’s family is devastated as they cope with his sudden loss. They are overwhelmed with the thoughts and prayers they have received and send their appreciation.”
Very, very sad.
Rest in peace, Chuy.
More than a sidekick…
Though he certainly may have been second-in-command behind Chelsea Handler on the comedian’s hit talk show for so many years, Bravo was an integral — and beloved — part of the team. Chelsea’s touching Sunday afternoon post mourning his death gave a little more insight into how much she loved the affable man.
Comedian Heather McDonald — a longtime Chelsea Lately panelist and contributor, as well — mourned “our Chuy” earlier this week (below):
And another comedian who appeared often on Handler’s late-night show, Fortune Feimster, was equally devastated about losing the show’s “rockstar,” as she called him:
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I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Chuy. He was a beloved member of the Chelsea Lately family. He loved his job, loved Chelsea so much and everyone on staff, he was always happy and smiling. And fans were crazy about him. Walking through West Hollywood or Las Vegas or really anywhere with him was like being with a rockstar. You will be missed, buddy.
Such fun pictures to go through…
Handler long adored Chuy; not only did she sing his praises in mourning this week, even back in 2007 when the talk show was just starting to hit its stride, the late-night comedian raved about her co-star to ET:
“The worst part of doing the show is that I have to work five days a week, which I’m not accustomed to. I’m a stand-up comedian, so I usually would work twice a week and it’s for like, an hour. The best part is that Chuy and I get to spend every day together. I love him!”
Awww! So sweet — but so sad.
Clearly, it’s been a remarkably difficult week for everybody who knew, loved, and worked with Chuy Bravo.
Our hearts continue to be with his family, friends, and loved ones during this tough time.
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