True Blood Star Nelsan Ellis Has Died

American film and television actor Nelsan Ellis has died at the age of 39.

Ellis won the hearts countless fans with his portrayal of Lafayette on HBO's True Blood.

Said his manager, Emily Gerson Saines to EW:

“Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure.

“He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

In a statement from HBO, the network said:

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.

“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.”

True Blood creator Alan Ball called working with Ellis "a privilege."

"Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me."