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Ellis at the True Blood second season premiere party in June 2009
|Born||November 30, 1977|
Harvey, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||July 8, 2017 (aged 39)|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure caused by alcohol withdrawal|
|Education||Illinois State University|
Juilliard School (BFA)
Nelsan Ellis (November 30, 1977 – July 8, 2017) was an American actor and playwright. He was best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO series True Blood from 2008 to 2014. He also appeared in the movies The Butler (2013) and Get on Up (2014).
- Parker, Ryan (July 8, 2017). "'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/true-blood-star-nelsan-ellis-dies-at-39-1019540. Retrieved July 8, 2017.