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Nelsan Ellis dies of heart failure

True Blood actor, Nelsan Ellis has passed on at the age of 39. The actor known for portraying Lafayette Reynolds in the popular HBO series passed away after complications with heart failure.

His manager Emily Gerson Saines had earlier told US website The Hollywood Reporter: “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure.”

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“He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”


Ellis appeared in True Blood throughout its seven series run after first appearing as the cook at Merlotte’s Grill in 2008.He also had roles in The Help in 2011 and most recently appeared in CBS show Elementary.


True Blood co-stars Aisha Hinds, Michael McMillian, Lauren Bowles and Kristin Bauer have taken to their social media pages to express their grief.

Bauer wrote on Instagram: “One of the sweetest most talented men I’ve ever met. A terrible loss for all of us. Rest In Peace Nelsan. You will be missed. I don’t know how else to put words to this terribly sad news…”

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McMillan said he was “stunned, devastated by the terrible news” in a post on Twitter.