‘True Blood’ actor Nelsan Ellis dies aged 39

Bauer wrote on Instagram: “One of the sweetest most talented men I’ve ever met. Among those paying tribute to Ellis were his True Blood co-stars Aisha Hinds, Michael McMillian, Lauren Bowles and Kristin Bauer. You will be missed. Rest In Peace Nelsan. True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has died aged 39, his manager has confirmed. I don’t know how else to put words to this terribly sad news…”

McMillan said he was “stunned, devastated by the terrible news” in a post on Twitter. She had earlier told US website the Hollywood Reporter: “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

Ellis appeared in True Blood throughout its seven-series run after first appearing as the cook at Merlotte’s Grill in 2008. A terrible loss for all of us. He added Ellis was a “genius and a beautiful soul”. He also had roles in The Help in 2011 and most recently appeared in CBS show Elementary. The actor, best known for portraying Lafayette Reynolds in the popular HBO series, passed away after complications with heart failure. PA His manager Emily Gerson Saines confirmed the news to the Press Association.