This Painful Addiction Is What Led to Actor Nelsan Ellis’ Death

Published On July 14, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

So sad.

The family of the late ‘True Blood’ star, Nelsan Ellis, is now coming forward and saying that he’d attempted to withdraw from his limitless alcohol use, which is what ultimately led to his unfortunate passing on Saturday.

In their statement with The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis’ loved ones said that they were prompted to share the details of what caused his passing, in hopes that it could help someone else that is struggling with the same addiction.

“Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own,” the statement said. “According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.”

Ellis, who’d played Lafayette on the HBO vampire drama, spent only four days in the hospital leading up to the day he died on Saturday, which was initially said to have been from apparent heart failure.

“Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life,” the statement added. “His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.”

In the aftermath of his passing, many remembered Ellis and sent their love and prayers to his family and friends.

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“True Blood” creator Alan Ball remembered the actor as “a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me.”

Star Anna Paquin paid tribute to Ellis in a lengthy Instagram post.

“Nelsan inhabited characters that bore no resemblance to himself in a way that put him in that tiny category of true virtuoso performer,” she wrote. “His ability to transcend and channel anything and everything thrown at him was inspiring and beautiful to watch.”

Paquin’s husband also sent his condolences:

“I think it would be fair to say that he taught all of us that intent and courage and fearlessness and freedom are the aspects of playing make-believe that spark the corners of the room where the dark is most impenetrable; to shine a light on those corners within ourselves is the very reason we go back time and again to Movies, TV shows and Theatre,” Moyer wrote.

We are saddened by the news of his death and wish his family nothing but the best during this rough patch in their lives.

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