The Cast Remembers Nelsan Ellis

Jul 10, 2017

Nelsan Ellis, remembered by True Blood fans for his groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds, passed away on July 8, 2017 at the age of 39. Ellis’ colleagues and castmates expressed their condolences and compassion for the actor/playwright across social media. Here’s what they had to say:

Alan Ball, Creator via The Hollywood Reporter
"Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege." Read the full article.

Kristin Bauer van Straten (“Pam De Beaufort”) via Instagram
“One of the sweetest most talented men I've ever met. A terrible loss for all of us. Rest In Peace Nelsan. You will be missed. I don't know how else to put words to this terribly sad news...#truebloodforever #truebloodfamily #nelsanellis #lafayette”

Anna Camp (“Sarah Newlin”) via Twitter
“My heart is broken today over the loss of @OfficialNelsan I was in complete awe of your talent and so honored to have known your kindness.”

Todd Lowe (“Terry Bellefleur”) via Twitter
“So blessed to share the screen with you you beautiful man.”

Joe Manganiello (“Alcide Herveaux” via Twitter
“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP”

Stephen Moyer (“Bill Compton”) via Facebook
"I think it would be fair to say that [Nelsan Ellis] taught all of us that intent and courage and fearlessness and freedom are the aspects of playing make-believe that spark the corners of the room where the dark is most impenetrable." Read Moyer’s full statement.

Denis O’Hare (“Russell Edgington”) via Twitter
“Very disturbed and sad that Nelsan Ellis has died. Such a huge talent. Such a wonderful man. The world is a poorer place today…”

Jim Parrack (“Hoyt Fortenberry”) via Twitter
“My brother and a piece of my heart is gone from here ... but just gone on. @OfficialNelsan thank you for sharing your life sweet angel.”

Anna Paquin (“Sookie Stackhouse”) via Twitter
“It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul .@OfficialNelsan I'm devastated by his untimely death.”

Sam Trammell (“Sam Merlotte”) via Twitter
“I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend.”

Deborah Ann Woll (“Jessica Hamby”) via Twitter
“My heart is broken by the passing of Nelsan Ellis. A truly beautiful person. My love to his family and friends. #RIPNelsanEllis #TrueBlood”

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