Zach Braff shared a somber but loving tribute to his late friend and manager Chris Huvane on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old Scrubs star shared a photo of Huvane, who died on Sunday at age 47, while singing the praises of his ‘best friend’ and wishing he might have done more to help him.
The actor also admitted that he was feeling ‘the lowest I have felt in some time’ in the wake of Huvane’s death.
‘The suffering is over’: Zach Braff, 46, paid tribute to his ‘best friend’ and manager Chris Huvane in a somber Instagram post on Tuesday. Huvane took his own life at age 47 on Sunday; seen in September in LA
‘My manager and best friend, Chris Huvane took his own life yesterday after years of battling severe depression,’ Braff announced at the start of his post.
He described a heartbreaking struggle to help his friend with his mental health issues over the years.
‘I tried and tried to help him. Each time I thought my pep-talk or idea for a new regimen might make a difference,’ the actor revealed. ‘He was so beloved in this town, so many others did the same.
He included high praise for Huvane and described how his death had left his friends and colleagues devastated.
Much loved: He described a heartbreaking struggle to help his friend with his mental health issues over the years and mentioned how ‘beloved’ Huvane was to his friends and clients
‘I promise you, you could not have met a better man,’ Braff wrote, before sharing some of his regrets. ‘Those of us left behind can’t help but think of what else we could have done. What if I’d moved in with him? What if I’d said this or that?’
Although he wished he could have helped his friend more, the Garden State director took solace in the belief that his friend was now at peace.
‘My mom (a psychologist) said something that brings tears to my eyes even as I type this. She said “Those he left behind have to suffer, but Chris’ suffering is finally over,”‘ he recounted.
Braff concluded his post by urging his followers to share suicide prevention hotline numbers and online resources.
‘Please be kind in the comments,’ he added. ;This is the lowest I have felt in some time. I love you Chris. The suffering is over.’
Heartbreaking: ‘My mom (a psychologist) said something that brings tears to my eyes even as I type this. She said “Those he left behind have to suffer, but Chris’ suffering is finally over,”‘ he recounted; Huvane seen in 2006 in Beverly Hills
Huvane worked as a talent manager at Management 360, but his career included forays into magazine editing and some acting, including small roles in the Joel Schumacher war film Tigerland and HBO’s Sex And The City.
The manager, who was reported to have struggled with depression for much of his life, was survived by his wife Cole Huvane, as well as his father and several siblings.
He began working at Management 360 in 2010, before being promoted to partner five years later.
Before that, he worked in journalism as the Senior West Coast Editor for GQ, and he had public relations experience prior to that.
Huvane represented several stars, including Julianne Moore, Margot Robbie, Supernatural Jensen Ackles, Henry Winkler, and the late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.
Back at it: Braff will soon be seen with Gabrielle Union in a remake of the 2003 movie Cheaper By The Dozen for Disney+, as well as the comedy Shriver with Michael Shannon; seen in 2019 in NYC
Braff will soon be seen with costar Gabrielle Union in the upcoming remake of the 2003 movie Cheaper By The Dozen.
The new family comedy will go straight to Disney+ and miss out on a theatrical run.
He has also completed work on the comedy Shriver, which stars Michael Shannon as a handyman mistaken for a famously reclusive writer (who’s played by Braff).
The multitalented star is currently dating the Little Women actress Florence Pugh, who is two decades his junior.
Late last month, the two were spotted dining at the exclusive San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood.
Pugh has been open on social media about the couple’s age gap, and she lambasted some of her followers for their abusive comments whenever she mentions her boyfriend on social media.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs of suicide, seek help from a professional and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Loved up: The multitalented star is currently dating the Little Women actress Florence Pugh, who is two decades his junior