“He was a good talent, and his difference and participation will be perpetually missed.”
Nelsan Ellis, a actor who starred in HBO’s True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, has died, his manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter.
He was 39.
“Nelsan has upheld divided after complications with heart failure,” Saines said. “He was a good talent, and his difference and participation will be perpetually missed.”
On True Blood, Lafayette was a brief sequence prepare during Merlotte’s. In a books, he was killed off, though because Ellis done him such an beguiling character, he survived in a series.
“We were intensely saddened to hear of a flitting of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO pronounced in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of a HBO family whose groundbreaking description of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within a altogether bequest of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us during HBO.”
True Blood creator, Alan Ball said: “Nelsan was a unaccompanied talent whose creativity never ceased to dazzle me. Working with him was a privilege.”
Other expel members took to amicable media to demonstrate their heartbreak.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a turn of piety and affability that came with a Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend,” said Sam Trammell.
“Crushed currently by a detriment of my crony and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a smashing person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP,” said Joe Manganiello.
“One of a sweetest many gifted group I’ve ever met. A terrible detriment for all of us. Rest In Peace Nelsan. You will be missed. we don’t know how else to put difference to this terribly unhappy news,” said Kristin Bauer.
“It was an complete payoff to work with a phenomenally gifted and deeply kind essence .@OfficialNelsan I’m ravaged by his black death,” said Anna Paquin.
Ellis seemed in numerous film and TV shows, inclduing The Soloist, The Butler, Get On Up and Elementary.
Ellis was innate in Harvey, Ill. He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. He after attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago, before graduating from a famed Juilliard School.
Ellis is survived by his grandmother (Alex Brown), his father (Tommie Lee Thompson) and his son (Breon Ellis). He is also survived by his siblings – Lakeeia Thomson (sister), Tommie Lee Thompson (brother), Babon Ellis (brother), Maurice Turne (brother), Tianna Thompson (sister), Shaentika Beard (sister), Yvonne Ellis (sister) and Tartheaia Thompson (aunt).
His mother, Jackie Ellis, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, a family has asked that donations be done to a Jenesse Center or The Restoration Ministries Church of God and Christ.