'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Has Died

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True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has died from heart failure complications, according to friends and representatives. He was 39.

"Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," Ellis' manager Emily Gerson Saines, told THR. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

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"Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege," True Blood creator Alan Ball said.

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

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