True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis dies at 39 of heart failure complications
Nelsan Ellis of True Blood and Elementary died of heat failure complications on Saturday, the actor’s manager has confirmed.tv Updated: Jul 09, 2017 11:39 IST
Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing the character of Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, has died at the age of 39.
Ellis’ manager Emily Gerson Saines confirmed the actor’s death in an email Saturday. The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report Ellis’ death, quoted her as saying the actor died from complications of heart failure.
The Illinois-born actor, who studied at Juilliard, played the role of Lafayette on the HBO drama from 2008 to 2014, and more recently appeared in the CBS detective series Elementary. He was also a playwright and a director.
Ellis also appeared as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and his film resume also included The Help and the James Brown biopic Get On Up.
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First Published: Jul 09, 2017 11:39 IST