Dallasblack.com: The Family of 'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Reveal The Circumstances of His Death


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:01 AM

The Family of 'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Reveal The Circumstances of His Death

By: Martel Sharpe

The Family of 'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Reveal The Circumstances of His Death
Actor Nelsan Ellis, the 39-year-old mostly known for his role on the vampire drama True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, died last Saturday.  

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, details about his life and death have are coming out. For many years, Ellis suffered from alcohol and drug abuse and it appears that the heart failure he died from is linked to the substance abuse withdrawals. 

A statement was released by Ellis’ family via his manager Emily Gerson Saines. It read, 

“After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control. On the morning of Saturday, July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead.”
It goes on to talk about how much of a kind and generous person Ellis was despite his battle with drugs and alcohol. However, he was always ashamed of his addiction and avoided talking about it whenever he could. Ironically, he died from trying to get clean rather than overdosing. His family believes “that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.”

Ellis was a trained actor who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Julliard. He went on to have a great career in television and film which started in 2002 including a role in the 2014 James Brown biopic’ Get On Up. He is survived by his son, Breon Ellis, his father, seven siblings, grandmother and an aunt who was a part of his immediate family. He will always be remembered as a talented actor who had a great career.

How time flies....

They Say the Good Die Young…Rest in Power Nelsan Ellis!

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