Nelsan Ellis, the actor best known for his starring role on HBO's True Blood, has tragically died at the age of 39.
"Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," his manager Emily Gerson Saines told THR. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed." He is survived by his grandmother, father, his son, and his eight siblings.
Ellis appeared in many films and TV shows, including The Soloist, Get On Up, and Elementary. Fans and celebrities alike have taken to Twitter to voice their sadness over his shocking passing.
See how Twitter reacted to his tragic passing, below:
Unbelievably sad news. Nelsan was such a sweet, gentle soul with an enormous talent. He will be missed greatly RIP https://t.co/NDdoaeM6Pj— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) July 8, 2017
Rest In Peace, Nelsan Ellis and thank you for giving us the queen Lafayette Reynolds. 🌈❤️ pic.twitter.com/qrmwMBeamh— Common Gay Boy (@CGBPosts) July 8, 2017
Nelsan Ellis, of True Blood fame, was a Tour de Force; his character Lafayette had AMAZING depth & texture. Thoughts & prayers 2 his family. pic.twitter.com/0Aqqvih7lk— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 8, 2017
my heart just sank to the floor learning of the passing of Nelsan Ellis aka Lafayette from True Blood...what an amazing talent..just 39. RIP— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) July 8, 2017
Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP pic.twitter.com/fvtquhIac7— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) July 8, 2017
I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend— Sam Trammell (@SamTrammell) July 8, 2017
Nelsan Ellis ☹️☹️❤️❤️ my all time fave in True Blood— Amber (@Amberleeen) July 8, 2017
Rest In Peace Nelsan Ellis. Gone too soon. pic.twitter.com/MrPyr8LFmv— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) July 8, 2017
R.I.P. Nelsan Ellis. Tremendous actor. Really enjoyed his work as Lafayette on True Blood.— David (@LuchaGuapo) July 8, 2017
nelsan ellis. an amazing actor. and i'm sure an amazing man. god be with his family and friends. 🙏🏿— Luke James (@whoisLukejames) July 8, 2017
Guess I need to marathon True Blood now. Rip #NelsanEllis— ǝǝq ǝᴉssɐƆ (@Cassiebeee) July 8, 2017
See Ellis perform in Send Me, above.
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