Nelsan Ellis Passes Away

It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I report Nelsan Ellis, who starred as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s hit series, “True Blood,” has passed away.

Nelsan died after complications from heart failure. He was 39-years-young.

Via Variety:

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of ‘True Blood.’ Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

“True Blood” creator and executive producer Alan Ball echoed HBO’s epitaph in a statement of his own. “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me,” said Ball. “Working with him was a privilege.”

Ellis’ “The Help” costar Octavia Spencer broke the news on Instagram Saturday morning, saying, “Just got word that we lost (Nelsan). My heart breaks for his kids and family.”

Ellis leaves behind his son, Breon, as well as seven siblings.

I extend my deepest condolences to the Ellis family during this difficult time.

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