So Sad. ‘True Blood’ Actor Nelsan Ellis Dead At 39

Published On July 8, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

We are saddened by the news that we’ve just received that actor Nelsan Ellis of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ has passed away, according to an announcement made by the network on Saturday, July 8th, 2017.

He was 39-years-old.

“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,” the statement said.

The show’s creator and executive producer, Alan Ball, also released a statement Saturday afternoon: “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Ellis’ manager, Emily Gerson Saines, tells The Hollywood Reporter that he’d, unfortunately, passed away “after complications with heart failure.”

The actor was a graduate of The “famous” Julliard School in New York City and made it to the big screen by playing roles such as Martin Luther King Jr. in Lee Daniel’s ‘The Butler.’

Actress Octavia Spencer, his costar on “The Help,” remembered Ellis via Instagram. “Just got word that we lost [Ellis]. My heart breaks for his kids and family,” Spencer wrote.

Joe Manganiello, Ellis’ “True Blood” co-star, said on Twitter that he was “crushed” by the loss of his friend and cast mate. “He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist,” he wrote.

We are saddened by this horrible news and send all of our love, prayers and well-wishes out to his family.

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