‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dead At 39

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Actor 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. His manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed his death on Saturday to USA TODAY. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed," she said in a statement.

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