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Sad new in the world of Hollywood. Actor Nelsan Ellis from the hit HBO TV show True Blood has died at the age of 39.

His manager released a statement:

“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.”

Says HBO:

“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.”

Thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Nelsan

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