Gone too soon.
Chuy Bravo‘s cause of death was by heart attack, E! News can confirm. “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. “After complications he suffered an Acute Myocardial Infarction that led to his passing.”
“Bravo’s funeral services took place today and will be cremated,” the release continued. “His family has confirmed he will be brought back to Los Angeles (no date has been set) for a memorial service.”
It’s been less than 48-hours since Bravo’s death was announced, but his absence is deeply felt by Hollywood and his Chelsea Lately co-stars, especially Chelsea Handler. The activist and entertainer paid tribute to her sidekick in a heartfelt Instagram post on Sunday. “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,” she wrote. “@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.”
She continued, “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!”
This past month, the personality celebrated his 63rd birthday, which many stars, including Handler, celebrated. It was a special birthday for the star considering all he’s overcome, including defeating prostate cancer and recent financial woes. But, as always, the star maintained his positive and funny outlook on life. He told Radar Online, when asked about his well-being, “I can’t complain.”
Our thoughts are with Bravo’s family and friends during this time.