True Blood s Nelsan Ellis, who died at the age of 89, is being remembered by friends and former co-stars. Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO vampire drama and Shinwell Johnson on CBS Elementary, died due to complications from heart failure. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello, who respectively played Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and Alcide Herveaux on True Blood, took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a phenomenally talented, wonderful person. It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul. Pic. Twitter. Com/If67csduHzNelsan Ellis was truly remarkable. A brilliant, charismatic, intelligent, soulful, wonderful dude.
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This is just completely tragic. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. Com/fvtquhIac7Charlaine Harris, author of the True Blood novels that inspired the series, has expressed her sorrow, calling Ellis a great talent gone too soon. I am so sad about the death of Nelsan Ellis, a great talent gone too soon. Such a shock. 💔The Elementary writers room has also expressed their deepest condolences, referring to Ellis as a treasured member of the Elementary family. Nelsan Ellis will always be a treasured member of the Elementary family. Our hearts prayers are w/his loved ones on this saddest of days. Unbelievably sad news. Nelsan was such a sweet, gentle soul with an enormous talent. Co/NDdoaeM6PjI don t know if I ve ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Very disturbed and sad that Nelsan Ellis has died. Such a huge talent.
Such a wonderful man. The world is a poorer place today Dearest #NelsanEllis, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, you phenomenally talented genius. Com/7OamZvBVNeHeart is shattered hearing of tragic news of #NelsanEllis passing. Devastated. He possessed such humility fearless talent. U r deeply loved#NelsanEllis you were pure genius. We were all so shockingly fortunate to work with you. Graceful utterly fearless 💔💔💔 https: //t. Nelsan was a genius and a beautiful soul. Sending love to his family. My heart is broken by the passing of Nelsan Ellis. A truly beautiful person.
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My love to his family and friends. Com/ZUor6yx9YgI am stunned and heartbroken. Our #TrueBlood family and the world has lost an amazing talent and human being. Https: //t. Wherever you are sir, wish u peace. His humanity sense of humor will be remembered. 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. Co/J7tRczKK9p or https: //t.
His passing is hard to process right now 💔 So. Gifted. Super talented, great guy, so sad! #truebloodfamily https: //t. Co/nfu66prDmTSo blessed to share the screen with you you beautiful man. Com/DCD6WLAdJnMy brother and a piece of my heart is gone from here but just gone on. Such talent, grace, and full of love. May you rest in peace, my friend. Working with you was one of the great privileges for the entire True Blood family. You will be deeply missed! Co/V5ABKzfAwlWe didnt even scratch the surface of seeing what this artist was capable of. My love to the family of this spectacular man.
#NelsanEllis pic. My heart breaks for his kids and family. #brillIantactor #trueblood #getonup #thesoloist #thehelp. The first time I met him was on the set of the soloist and we were at rehearsal with a lot of the homeless cast members, and Nelsan was playing our counselor. He walked in wearing a pair of fitted camo cargo pants, a pristine white tshirt, a beret, and a denim jacket. Needless to say he was gorgeous, sexy. But his talent had me speechless. We became instant friends after that. He was sooooo funny. I miss him. HBO has also paid its respects, calling Ellis a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly. ( Read both statements in full here. )