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'True Blood' Cast Reacts to Death of Nelsan Ellis

'True Blood' Cast Reacts to Death of Nelsan Ellis

The cast of the beloved series True Blood is speaking out to remember their co-star Nelsan Ellis, who sadly died at the age of 39.

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Joe Manganiello, Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Anna Camp were among the first cast members to write tweets paying tribute to the late actor.

Nelsan passed away after complications from heart failure and fans will always remember his groundbreaking performance as Lafayette on the hit HBO series. His character was killed off in the books, but Nelsan‘s amazing performance inspired the writers to keep him alive and he was featured in all 81 episodes.

Read the tweets below.

Anna Paquin – Sookie Stackhouse

Stephen Moyer – Bill Compton

Joe Manganiello – Alcide Herveaux

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Sam Trammell – Sam Merlotte

Kristin Bauer van Straten – Pam De Beaufort

She later 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…”

Anna Camp – Sarah Newlin

Deborah Ann Woll – Jessica Hamby

Michael Raymond-James – Rene Lenier

Michael McMillian – Steve Newlin

Aisha Hinds – Miss Jeannette

Mehcad Brooks – Eggs

Just got word that @nelsanellisofficial made the transition from body to spirit. Fuck this one really got me. This was truly the only person from #TrueBlood I consistently stayed in touch with and was a friend through it all. You all know him as an amazing actor, a light on the screen with an unparalleled bravery and talent. But I knew him as a good dude, with an easy laugh and ready to problem solve at a moment’s notice. Last we spoke he was considering going to law school. Forever an inspiration Mr. Ellis. #ripnelsanellis

Todd Lowe – Terry Bellefleur

Michelle Forbes – Maryann Forrester

Jim Parrack – Hoyt Fortenberry

Lauren Bowles – Holly Cleary

Janina Gavankar – Luna Garza

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