Actor Nelsan Ellis, who charmed millions of fans as the sassy Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s True Blood, has died, according to his manager. The 39-year-old died after complications with heart failure, his manager confirmed yesterday. “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.”Tributes to the star poured in, with fellow True Blood star Stephen Moyer calling him a ‘brilliant, charismatic, intelligent, soulful, wonderful dude’. HBO called his portrayal of Lafayette in True Blood ‘ground-breaking’ and said he had been a firm member of the channel family. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Jenesse Center or The Restoration Ministries Church of God and Christ.
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