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Nelsan Ellis Dead - 'True Blood' Actor Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis Dead - 'True Blood' Actor Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis has sadly passed away at the age of 39.

The actor was best known for his work as Lafayette Reynolds on the hit HBO series True Blood.

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Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure,” the actor’s manager Emily Gerson Saines confirmed to THR. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

Nelsan most recently appeared on the CBS series Elementary in a recurring role and he will be seen in the upcoming movie True to the Game, set for release this September.

We send our thoughts and condolences to Nelsan‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

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Posted to: Nelsan Ellis, RIP

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  • Nostalgia

    Way too young… R.I.P. Nelsan

  • Jamie

    Heart failure at age 39? I wonder how common that is.

  • forest4trees

    Genetic perhaps.

  • Utope

    Far too young. R.I.P. His portrayal of Lafayette was inspired and won’t be forgotten!

  • simon boyland

    More common than you would realise Jamie. Possibly genetic but possibly just bad luck as well. The number of young people who die of heart failure, or sudden cardiac death is sadly pretty high, but most of the time it is just put down to “natural causes”. SADS(Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) can strike any adult, at any time.

  • Angie

    So sad.

    RIP

  • StrangerThings

    So sad. Way too young to go. He was one my favorite True Blood actor and character.

  • Gina

    OMG. Such a great actor. I loved him as Lafayette. RIP.

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