Howard Bragman
Howard Bragman

Howard Bragman, a top Los Angeles celebrity rep and crisis counselor, died on Feb. 11 from acute monocytic leukemia. He was 66.

A long time LGBTQ+ activist, Bragman handled the “coming out” of basketball’s Sheryl Swoopes, actress Meredith Baxter and NFL’s Michael Sam, according to a report in Deadline.

“Howard Bragman was an industry leader who masterfully used the power of the press to create positive change and visibility for LGBTQ people,” said a statement from GLAAD’s president/CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Throughout his long career, he worked with many LGBTQ notables to ensure their coming out stories were treated with dignity and created impact for the entire community."

Bragman co-founded Bragman Nyman Cafarelli in 1989. It was acquired by Interpublic in 2001.

He went on to set up Fifteen Minutes and La Brea Media.

Bragman, who also represented Stevie Wonder, Monica Lewinsky and Sharon Osbourne, is the author of "Where’s My Fifteen Minutes?: Get Your Company, Your Cause, or Yourself the Recognition You Deserve."

Donations in Bragman's name shoud go to the Coming Out Fund at