US actor Nelsan Ellis, famous for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, has died after complications from heart failure, 8 July 2017

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Co-stars of Nelsan Ellis mentioned they had been “shocked” and “devastated” by the information

US actor Nelsan Ellis, who starred within the widespread HBO collection True Blood, has died aged 39, his supervisor confirmed.

Ellis, finest recognized for enjoying the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds within the horror-drama collection, died after issues from coronary heart failure.

“He was an ideal expertise, and his phrases and presence will probably be ceaselessly missed,” his supervisor Emily Gerson Saines informed the Hollywood Reporter.

Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 till the collection led to 2014.

“We had been extraordinarily saddened to listen to of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO mentioned in a press release on Saturday.

“Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO household whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will probably be remembered fondly,” the assertion added.

Ellis appeared frequently all through the collection of True Blood after first showing because the prepare dinner at a neighborhood restaurant in 2008. He performed the function of Lafayette, a charismatic homosexual medium who was in a position to contact ghosts.

He additionally featured alongside Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer within the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Assist in 2011.

Spencer paid tribute to Ellis on Saturday with a comment posted on Twitter: “Simply obtained phrase that we misplaced @nelsanellisofficial. My coronary heart breaks for his children and household.”

Others to pay their respects had been True Blood co-stars Michael McMillian, Lauren Bowles, Kristin Bauer and Joe Manganiello.

Manganiello mentioned that he had been “crushed by the lack of my buddy”.

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Bauer wrote in a publish on the picture sharing app Instagram: “One of many sweetest most proficient males I’ve ever met. A horrible loss for all of us.”

McMillan mentioned on Twitter that he was “shocked” and “devastated” by the information.

Ellis is survived by his grandmother Alex Brown, his father Tommie Lee Thompson and his son Breon, together with seven siblings.