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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 18, 2017. 5 comments

Family of True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Says His Death Was Due to Alcohol Withdrawal  

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Family of <i>True Blood’</i>s Nelsan Ellis Says His Death Was Due to Alcohol Withdrawal  

Nelsan Ellis, the actor best known for his portrayal of the flamboyant character Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, died Saturday from complications related to heart failure.

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

Nelsan Ellis, who played the outspoken and gay short-order cook Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True…

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On Monday, however, his family released a statement, going...

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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...

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