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Thread started 07/08/17 4:10pm

JoeyC

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'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39

http://www.hollywoodrepor...39-1019540



Sad. Nelsan's True Blood character was one of the best things about the show. He absolutely killed it. And for him to die at 39... cry

May he Rest in Peace. rose


Article taken from hollywoodreporter.com

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Courtesy of Emily Gerson Saines
Nelsan Ellis

"He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

Nelsan Ellis, the actor who starred in HBO's True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, has died, his manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was 39.


"Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," Saines said. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."


On True Blood, Lafayette was a short order cook at Merlotte's. In the books, he was killed off, but because Ellis made him such an enjoyable character, he survived in the series.


"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."


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


Other cast members took to social media to express their heartbreak...



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Reply #1 posted 07/08/17 4:22pm

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He was so talented, and funny, and smart, and witty. It's not often a straight man can act his way through a gay character so convincingly, and yet so warmly.

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Reply #2 posted 07/08/17 4:32pm

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Wow!

I was honestly thinking of him just earlier this week. In retrospect, he was arguably the best thing about True Blood. Easily should have taken an Emmy.

May he rest in peace. rose

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Reply #3 posted 07/08/17 4:49pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

He was so talented, and funny, and smart, and witty. It's not often a straight man can act his way through a gay character so convincingly, and yet so warmly.


Yep. I was 100% convinced in his acting. He was really good at what he did.

Sad that he's gone.

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #4 posted 07/08/17 11:07pm

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Reply #5 posted 07/09/17 3:07pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

He was so talented, and funny, and smart, and witty. It's not often a straight man can act his way through a gay character so convincingly, and yet so warmly.

nod This news is a great shock. He was so young, so talented. May he rest in peace. pray

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Reply #6 posted 07/09/17 6:41pm

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sad
He played my favorite character Lafayette on true blood.
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Reply #7 posted 07/10/17 2:13am

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Loved him on True Blood, way to young R.I.P sad

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Reply #8 posted 07/10/17 12:34pm

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wow

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Reply #9 posted 07/10/17 1:30pm

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Thank you Mr. Ellis for making me laugh on True Blood sad

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Reply #10 posted 07/10/17 7:41pm

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Here's a update on Nelsan's cause of death.
Man i hate the fuc*in disease of addiction. cry mad sad



http://www.msn.com/en-us/...li=BBnb4R7

[Edited 7/11/17 16:28pm]

Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #11 posted 07/11/17 3:11am

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His character was brilliant. That sucks, that really bites a hamburger with AIDS.

sad sad sad sad sad sad sad

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Reply #12 posted 07/11/17 5:03pm

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rose r.i.p. Mr. Ellis

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Reply #13 posted 07/11/17 5:13pm

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eek sad He was the best thing about the show... RIP

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Reply #14 posted 07/12/17 11:13am

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I never particularly cared for his character on the show. But, yes, he was talented. I don't know much about alcoholism, but it's scary that your body is capable of shutting down if you're an alcoholic and attempt to quit cold-turkey. cry

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Reply #15 posted 07/13/17 3:14am

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kitbradley said:

I never particularly cared for his character on the show. But, yes, he was talented. I don't know much about alcoholism, but it's scary that your body is capable of shutting down if you're an alcoholic and attempt to quit cold-turkey. cry


Yep, detoxing from alcohol can pretty easily turn fatal(depending how long the person has been drinking, how much they drink, and if they drink hard Liquor). More so than detoxing from Opiates or Cocaine/Crack. Detoxing from Opiates will make a person extremely sick and probably make them wish they were dead, but usually isn't fatal. Detoxing from coke mainly causes sleep issues and irritability.


Anyway, its really sad that Nelsan wasn't able to overcome his addictions.

From all the photos I've seen of him he looked well. I never would have guessed that he struggled with substance abuse.



Substance abuse has cut so many lives short. cry disbelief

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Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #16 posted 07/15/17 4:10pm

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So sad! He was a favorite character on TB - heard he had been written off but fans were so upset they brought him back.

RIP rose










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Reply #17 posted 07/17/17 8:20pm

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sad pray RIP

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Reply #18 posted 07/23/17 11:34pm

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He was indeed very talented.RIP sad
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