Nelsan Ellis

American actor (1977–2017)

Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017) was an American actor and playwright. He was best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood from 2008 to 2014. He also appeared in the movies The Butler (2013) and Get on Up (2014).

Nelsan Ellis
Ellis at the True Blood second season premiere party in June 2009
Born(1977-11-30)November 30, 1977
DiedJuly 8, 2017(2017-07-08) (aged 39)
Cause of deathHeart failure caused by alcohol withdrawal
EducationIllinois State University
Juilliard School (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, playwright
Years active2002–2017

Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois. He joined the United States Marines at the age of 17.

Ellis died of heart failure caused by alcohol withdrawal on July 8, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. He was 39.[1]

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  1. Parker, Ryan (July 8, 2017). "'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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