The actor passed away at the age of 39 after complications with heart failure.
“Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege,” Alan said in a statement (via THR).
HBO also released a statement to pay tribute to the show’s star.
“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.”
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