‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Has Died Aged 39

True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis has died aged just 39.


The star, who played Lafayette Reynolds in the popular HBO horror-drama series, died from complications with heart failure his manager Emily Gerson Saines has confirmed.

She told the Hollywood Reporter: “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

Nelsan stared in True Blood from 2008 until it ended in 2014.

A spokesperson from HBO told the BBC: “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.

“Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly.”

Tributes poured in from Nelsan’s co-stars, and right across the entertainment industry:

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