Nelsan Ellis, best known as Lafayette Reynolds on the hit HBO show True Blood has died. He was 39.

According to Variety, the cause of death was complications from heart failure.

In addition to his role on True Blood, he will also be remembered for his role as Bobby Byrd in the film Get On Up.

After learning of his passing, True Blood creator and executive producer Alan Ball said, “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”


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