Nelsan Ellis’ tragic, untimely death yesterday shocked the film industry, especially those who knew him. The 39-year-old “True Blood” star passed away at 39 from complications of heart failure, his manager Emily Gerson Saines confirmed, leaving behind a body of work that also included roles in “The Help,” “Get On Up” and “The Butler.” His friends and colleagues have taken to social media to express their shock, sadness and dismay.
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) July 8, 2017
Nelsan Ellis was truly remarkable. A brilliant, charismatic, intelligent, soulful, wonderful dude. this is just completely tragic.
— Stephen Moyer (@smoyer) July 8, 2017
— Carrie Preston (@carriepreston) July 8, 2017
— Deborah Ann Woll (@DeborahAnnWoll) July 8, 2017
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) July 8, 2017
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) July 8, 2017
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 pic.twitter.com/fvtquhIac7
— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) July 8, 2017
— janina gavankar (@Janina) July 8, 2017
Unbelievably sad news. Nelsan was such a sweet, gentle soul with an enormous talent. He will be missed greatly RIP https://t.co/NDdoaeM6Pj
— MichaelRaymond-James (@MRaymondJames) July 8, 2017
Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial. My heart breaks for his kids and family. #RIPNelsanEllis. #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. #nelsanellis