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Nelsan Ellis' Family Reveals More Details About His Death

Nelsan Ellis‘ family is speaking out to reveal how the actor’s battle with addiction led to his untimely death.

The True Blood and Elementary actor died at the young age of 39 over the weekend.

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Nelsan‘s father, has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan‘s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years,” the family shared in a statement to THR. “After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. 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.”

“On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead,” the statement added. “Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.”

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Anna Paquin Remembers Late 'True Blood' Co-Star Nelsan Ellis

Anna Paquin has nothing but lovely things to say about her former True Blood co-star Nelsan Ellis.

The 34-year-old actress took to social media to honor him after he died due to complications from heart failure at the young age of just 39.

“It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul .@OfficialNelsan I’m devastated by his untimely death,” Anna tweeted.

Anna‘s other co-stars also paid tribute to Nelsan in their own ways.

Our thoughts remain with his family and friends during this difficult time.

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Celebs React to Nelsan Ellis' Death - Read Tweets

Celebrities are speaking out to remember Nelsan Ellis, who sadly passed away this weekend after complications from heart failure.

The actor was best known for his role as Lafayette on True Blood and he also had a recurring role on CBS’ Elementary.

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Stars like Riz Ahmed, who worked with Nelsan on The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Octavia Spencer, who worked with him on The Help, are among those paying tribute.

Read what the celebs are saying below.

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'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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'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Pays Tribute to Late Nelsan Ellis

Alan Ball, the creator of the beloved HBO series True Blood, is speaking out to remember the late actor Nelsan Ellis.

The actor passed away at the age of 39 after complications with heart failure.

Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege,” Alan said in a statement (via THR).

HBO also released a statement to pay tribute to the show’s star.

“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.”