US ACOT Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the popular HBO series True Blood, has died aged 39, his manager confirmed.
Ellis, best known for playing the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds in the horror-drama series, died after complications from heart failure.
“He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” his manager Emily Gerson Saines told the Hollywood Reporter.
Ellis appeared in True Blood from 2008 until the series ended in 2014. He also featured alongside Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help in 2011.
“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement on Saturday.
“Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly,” the statement added.
Ellis is survived by his grandmother Alex Brown, his father Tommie Lee Thompson and his son Breon, along with seven siblings.