The cast and crew of "Chelsea Lately," including host Chelsea Handler herself, had a large gathering on Monday to celebrate the life of Chuy Bravo. The 63-year-old died on December 13th of what was later ruled to be a heart attack.
Heather McDonald, who was a writer and producer on the show, shared a group shot to Instagram of the celebration.
"Last night we celebrated #Chuy Bravo’s life with his family, close friends and as many people from the Chelsea Lately days that could make it. We all shared hilarious and sweet stories about him. We laughed and cried. What an incredible life he lead especially coming from so many hardships. #ripchuy," she wrote.
"After Lately was my fav! RIP Chuy. Where's Jen and Fortune? How was Chelsea? Glad you made up!!! Also glad to see you there even after he slapped you. High road is best!" one fan replied.
"Never met him, but he was a friendly face on ETV back in the day/ all of you on Chelsea... you all made me laugh and I’ll never forget those moments. RIP Chuy!" another wrote.
Chris Franjola also posted about the celebration on his Instagram account, writing, "Tonight we celebrated the life of Chuy Bravo and it was perfect. Chuy and all of the people in this picture have meant so much to me and it was great to all be together again. I'm glad Chuy's family was there to see how much he has touched all of our lives & we laughed a lot. Thanks Chuy."
E! News released a statement about Bravo following news of his death.
"On Saturday, December 14 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Bravo was rushed to the emergency room due to a Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage (GI Bleed.)" it read. "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 statement continued. "His family has confirmed he will be brought back to Los Angeles (no date has been set) for a memorial service."
After his passing, Handler took time to pay tribute to him, as well.
"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 after his death. "[Chuy Bravo] 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. 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!"