Nelsan Ellis, the actor who played Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series, True Blood, has died.
He was 39 years-old, and leaves behind his grandmother, his father, and his son (Breon Ellis). He is also survived by several siblings.
His manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter:
“Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure,” Saines said. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”
“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 within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Ellis was born in Harvey, Ill. He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. He later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago, before graduating from the famed Juilliard School.
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In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Jenesse Center or The Restoration Ministries Church of God and Christ.
Our prayers go out to his loved ones.