We have a signicant update on the unexpected death of Chuy Bravo.
The actor, best known for his role as Chelsea Handler's sidekick on over 1,000 episodes of the comedian's former talk show, passed away suddenly on Sunday evening.
He was 63 years old.
According to reports at the time, Chuy was rushed to the hospital on Saturday while visting family members in Mexico due to a sudden and severe stomach ache.
It had been unknown exactly what caused the popular personality's death, though... until now.
It turns out that Bravo died from a heart attack.
Sources tell TMZ that Chuy went to the emergency room with a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GI Bleed) and, after complications, he suffered the fatal heart attack on Sunday morning.
Other new details of this tragedy include:
- Chuy's funeral services took place Monday in Mexico.
- His body will be cremated.
- His loved ones are devastated and his remains will be transported back to Los Angeles for a memorial service, although a date has not yet been scheduled.
“Bravo’s family is devastated as they cope with his sudden loss," wrote Chuy's rep in a statement, adding:
"They are overwhelmed with the thoughts and prayers they have received and send their appreciation."
Bravo's big screen resume included roles in such movies as The Rundown, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, The Honeymooners, The Sex Trip and Tiptoes, among others.
But he'll forever be linked to Handler.
"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," wrote the 44-year old comedian in response to her friend's death.
"@chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine."
Handler concluded her tribute as follows:
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!
Days before his passing, meanwhile, the actor spoke about his ex-costar and talked about wanting to work with her again in the future.
“We have both been busy trying to do our thing that we haven’t seen each other since [the show ended in 2014]. But we text, we call each other. She called me last week actually before my birthday,” Bravo told Radar Online in an interview on December 11.
“I love her. She is my dearest. I would definitely accept a job if she offered it to me.”
Other comedians have also offered up their condolences in the aftermath of this terrible news.
"Ugh..We had some good times #chuy... thank you for knowing to give and take a joke..," Loni Love of The Real wrote. "I will miss you my friend."
We continue to keep Chuy's friends, relatives and loved ones in our thoughts.
May he rest in peace.