Some sad news in the horror community tonight as True Blood star Nelson Ellis has passed away at the age of 39.
Ellis was known for playing Lafayette Reynolds on the hit HBO series. Reports are that he died due to complications from heart failure.
HBO commented: “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement this afternoon. “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.”
Said True Blood creator Alan Ball: “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”
His TV credits include the Fox series The Inside which ran for seven episodes in 2005. He then landed the role in True Blood, where he starred opposite Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on Southern gothic vampire series that ran from 2008-2014.
Ellis will be sorely missed and all of us here at Horror Patch send our condolences to Ellis’ family and friends.