The death of Nelsan Ellis due to heart failure robbed the movie industry of one of its finest talents. The actor will be greatly missed for being gentle, generous and above all a kind soul. The top medical practitioners pointed to the alcohol withdrawal complications as one of the causes.
Ellis starred in HBO’s True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds. His character was depicted as someone that was struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for a large chunk of his life. It was indeed sad that the actor’s death wasn’t far from such a battle.
Emily Gerson Saines, who used to be the manager of the renowned actor, is much trusted by his family. Ellis’ family has settled on Emily to disclose matters surrounding the death of the actor. From the family’s revelations, Ellis died on Saturday, with the cited cause being heart failure.
It was a death that sparked great emotion among fellow actors, his huge fan base and above all the family members who loved him very much. He died at a very tender age and the industry lost a top talent that it hadn’t yet reached its full potential, according to Hollywood Reporter.
The family, as a matter of fact, has got no ill-intentions to tarnish the good name of the late top actor. However, it wishes to extend its hand to all the people that are going through similar struggles.
It is the reason they chose to reveal the circumstances surrounding the death of the celebrity. After struggling for quite a long period of time with alcohol, the family had taken Nelsan to a rehab center. His withdrawal from alcohol poised more complications, such as blood infection, a swollen liver and kidney shut down.
HBO did not hesitate to comment on the actor’s death. In a statement, it outlined, “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. Nelsan was a longtime member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.“