True Blood Actor Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

With a very heavy heart I have to write that Nelsan Ellis has passed away today. He was 39 years old. He was known for his role of Lafayette on True Blood, I could not believe the news when I heard it earlier today,  He was always a very kind sweet person whenever I had the good luck to see him in person. I am still in shock. HBO PR tweeted a statement today (excerpt below)

I tweeted below along with an image I took of Nelsan a few years back.

Variety wrote the news earlier today on this link:

So many of his cast mates have been writing their words of appreciation for having worked with him and the deep loss they all feel.

“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis,” said “True Blood” costar Joe Manganiello. “He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP.”

Ellis is survived by his grandmother, his father, and his son, Breon, as well as seven siblings.

He will always be remembered by this fan with a smile. For today and for the days that follow I will have a tug at my heart and tears in my eyes. It was a blessing and a joy to photograph him over the years. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.

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  1. lisa bell

    DEAR Barbara
    I am in shock over Nelsan Ellis passing ! Nelsan was so great on true blood he played the part of Lafayette so BRILLIANTLY ! I will pray for him and may he rest in peace and fly with all the heavenly angels in heaven ! He will always be remembered from his great acting on true blood he was a very important character on true blood always made you laugh and always put on smile on your face when watching him and his outstanding acting ! BYE NELSAN YOU WERE GREAT !

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