Bravo's family said in reports that he was hospitalized Saturday while visiting family in Mexico City. The cause of death has not been determined, but allegedly involved a stomach ache and an emergency room visit.
He had just celebrated a birthday on Dec. 7, and Handler had saluted him on Instagram.
“Happy Birthday to my OG Nugget [Bravo],” Handler wrote on Dec. 7, alongside a photo with Bravo. “I love this picture because—not only does it look like Chuy just launched out of my peekachu, I look like a member of ZZ Top. Happy birthday Chuy, and thank you for 8 years of heavy petting.”
Bravo was born inTangancicuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, in 1956 as Jesus Melgoza, and he joined his family in immigrating to the San Fernando Valley when he was age 15.
His acting career included a role in 2003's Tiptoeswith Matthew McConaughey and 2005's The Honeymoonerswith Cedric the Entertainer. He also had an uncredited part in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's Endin 2007.
He joined Handler in 2007 on Chelsea Lately, which ran until 2014. Handler noted at the time, “The best part is that Chuy and I get to spend every day together. I love him!”
When the show ended in 2014, Bravoappeared in 2016's The Sex Tripand 2017's Buscando Nirvana.
Details on survivors or a memorial service were not immediately available.
On Wednesday night, I was lying in bed watching television something I've grown far more accustomed to over the last few weeks, tuned into The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. There's Colbert, sitting in some rag-tag, do-it-yourself office he's constructed at home, on a video conference call with Ryan Reynolds. Now, for whatever reason, Colbert has been a better interviewer in this setting. He's loose. He's more himself. In front of a live audience, I think Colbert has it in his head that he still owes the audience a taste of the more sarcastic Colbert character from his old show. But here, at his home, we are getting this warm, comforting presence — which is very appealing right now. And this results in his interviews being a little more slapdash, in a positive way. Just about any topic could be brought up. On Monday, there's John Oliver conferencing in, looking kind of hilariously glum, which is refreshing because we all feel glum right now. On Tuesday night it resulted in Daniel Radcliffe — after dealing with audio issues, that were also fascinating — showing off his Jurassic Park LEGO set. On Wednesday, somehow, it led to Colbert telling some wild story about his first audition being for the role of Screech Powers on Saved by the Bell, which seemed to tickle Ryan Reynolds to no end.
It's been like this on most of the late night shows right now. And I'm sure if you ask each of the hosts individually, they'll say something like, “Oh, we are doing the best we can under the circumstances, but we can't wait to get back to our respective studios.” But the weird thing is, late night television is outstanding right now. I can't remember a time in recent memory in which I enjoyed it more. It's making the host rely on individual personality overproduction. It's like getting a concentrated dose of the hosts themselves, as opposed to an over-produced bonanza where each night feels the same.
Over the weekend, feeling nostalgic, I was watching clips of old Late Night with David Letterman. I eventually clicked on a full episode and I watched the whole thing. It's the one where Dave welcomed both Sonny Bono and Cher this isn't the one where Cher calls Dave an asshole, that was before. This episode was famous for Dave convincing the former husband and wife to sing “I Got You Babe.” So, there are a few interesting things going on here. The song was not planned. Now, I know today when stuff like this happens, it's presented like it's not planned, but it's always planned. Here, it's very obvious this was something the Late Night people had come up with right before taping and hadn't gotten Cher's approval. It's fascinating television. And when Cher finally agrees Sonny had agreed before the show started, the song is both magical and kind of terrible because it...