True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role – Lafayette – on HBO’s hit show True Blood, has passed away at the age of 39.

The actor died after complications from heart failure.

“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.” – HBO

Fellow True Blood cast members and friends of Nelsan’s posted similar tributes to Ellis on social media.














Nelsan you brought the sparkle to Lafayette and turned him into a legend we will not be forgetting anytime soon. Lafayette showed the world that no one can tell you what to do and to be proud of who you are. He showed us how to work it. We miss you already.

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