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Nelsan Ellis' Family Reveals Circumstances Behind Heart Failure Death

Nelsan Ellis' Family Reveals Circumstances Behind Heart Failure Death

'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Died At 39 From Heart Failure

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It is with a sad heart to report on the passing of Nelsan Ellis, 39, a talented actor from HBO’s True Blood and a co-star on Get On Up.

UPDATE: According to Nelsan Ellis‘ family, the 39-year-old actor passed away due to heart failure as it was related to alcohol withdrawal complications.

After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.

On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the Ellis family, his friends, fans and those who loved him dearly. Please see the original story below.

Nelsan Ellis earned his stripes for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on the popular HBO series, True Blood, garnering him praise from fans all over the world. He also showcased his acting chops alongside Chadwick Boseman in the James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Unfortunately, the talented performer has been announced deceased from heart failure today (July 8) at age 39.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a released statement. “Nelson 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.’ Nelson will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.

Alan Ball, the creator and executive producer behind True Blood, echoed HBO in a statement of his own, saying, “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.” The news of his passing was original broken by Octavia Spencer, who starred alongside him in the movie, The Help, as she wrote, “Just got word that we lost (Nelsan). My heart breaks for his kids and family.”

Ellis was most recently a key part of The Stanford Prison Experiment, which is on Netflix now. The 39-year-old leaves behind his son, Breon, as well as seven siblings.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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