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‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies Aged 39

Nelsan Ellis, an actor known for the role of Lafayette in HBO’s series “True Blood”, died Saturday of a heart attack aged 39, according to media reports
‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies Aged 39

Nelsan Ellis played the role of Lafayette Reynolds in the hit series “True Blood.” The actor died Saturday at the age of just 39 years following a heart attack.

” 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,” HBO said in a statement.

In “True Blood” series, where humans coexist with vampires, he played a gay local bar cook, Lafayette Reynolds. With this role, he had become the favorite character of the series fans, which had allowed him to break into the film world.

His colleagues and fans paid tributes on social networks.