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True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis Dead at 39

Variety has confirmed that actor Nelsan Ellis has died at the young age of 39 due to heart failure.

Although the quality of HBO’s True Blood declined in later seasons, one constant was always Nelsan Ellis’ performance as the feisty short-order cook Lafayette Reynolds.  He was so popular with fans that, unlike the Charlene Harris books that the show was based on, his character survived through the series’ entirety.  The literary version of the character never makes it past Harris’ second novel, but Ellis’ Lafayette became an integral part of the show, as one of the main confidants of Sookie Stackhouse and a loyal cousin to Sookie’s best friend Tara. read more