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The actor’s manager, Emily Gerson Saines, told THR, “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”
Following the news,HBO, “True Blood” creator Alan Ball and others mourned the loss.
The actor 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,’” read a statement released by HBO about the news of Ellis’ death.
“Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me,” Ball said. “Working with him was a privilege.”
Ellis’ “True Blood” co-star Joe Manganiello shared similar sentiments, saying he was “crushed” and that the actor was “a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist.”
AsEntertainment Weeklynotes,Octavia Spencer, who starred with Ellis in “Get On Up,” also remembered the actor in an Instagram post, saying, “Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial. My heart breaks for his kids and family.”
A post shared by Octavia Spencer (@therealoctaviaspencer)on Jul 8, 2017 at 11:43am PDT
Fans took to Twitter to mourn and remember some iconic Lafayette moments:
In addition to “True Blood” and “Get On Up,” the actor also appeared in “The Help,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” and the TV show “Elementary.”
Ellis is reportedlysurvivedby a number of family members, including his son, Breon Ellis.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.