The American actor Nelsan Elli, who is known for the indelible portrayal of the flamboyantly gay character on the HBO’s “True Blood,” dies at the age 39, on Saturday.
The manager of the Elli, Emily Gerson Saines confirmed the demise of the actor through an email, yesterday. The cause of the untimely death of the star was due to complications of heart failure.
With the groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood, Nelsan Ellis had been able to land on the hearts of many. And with no doubts, the actor will be dearly missed by his fans.
In the remembrance of the precious actor, a number of celebrities and Elli’s fans took to Twitter to convey condolence and sympathy to his family in their hard times.
Nelsan Ellis will always be a treasured member of the Elementary family. Our hearts & prayers are w/his loved ones on this saddest of days.— Elementary Writers (@ELEMENTARYStaff) July 8, 2017
The condolences were followed with some heartfelt messages in the remembrance of the soulful actor.
HBO shared a statement in this regard that said,
“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. 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."
The creator and executive producer of drama "True Blood" Alan Ball described the actor as “singular talent, ” and his creativity never ceased to be amazed. Moreover, Octavia Spencer, Ellis' co-star on the movie The Help, took to Instagram and expressed,
“Just got word that we lost (Nelsan). My heart breaks for his kids and family."
The Illinois-born actor started his career in 2002. The playwright and a stage director, who studied at Juilliard, enacted the role of Lafayette on the HBO drama series from 2008 to 2014. More recently he has appeared in the CBS detective series "Elementary,” including the just-wrapped fifth season.
Above one decade and a half in the industry, Ellis has been able to make a handful of work credits which includes Get On Up, Without a Trace, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Inside, Little Boxes, The Butler, The Help and so on.
Ellis is survived by his family that includes his grandmother, his father, his son, Breon, and as well as seven siblings.
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