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Genetta M. Adams Genetta M. Adams Aug 18, 2017. 12 comments

Nelsan Ellis, True Blood’s Lafayette, Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis, <i>True Blood’</i>s Lafayette, Dies at 39

Nelsan Ellis, who played the outspoken and gay short-order cook Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, has died after complications due to heart failure. He was 39.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, delivered the news. “He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” she said.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of...