Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ Dead at 39

Aw, s**t, hookah. Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood and most recently played Shinwell Johnson in a lead role on Elementary, died after complications from heart failure at the age of 39. There’s no news on what lead to the heart failure.

A statement released by HBO read, “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.”

His True Blood co-stars are heartbroken to say the least.

It’s safe to say fans will always remember the flair Neslan brought to True Blood.

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