RIP Nelsan Ellis (1977–2017)

Premiere Of HBO's "True Blood" 5th Season - Nelsan Ellis

True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis has died of complications from heart failure.

I never watched True Blood but I knew it because of Nelsan Ellis. The Illinois actor won numerous awards including two Satellite Awards for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds. He also starred in Elementary, Veronica Mars and Without a Trace.

Arguably his biggest film roles were in The Butler as Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic, Get on Up. Here is my favourite Nelsan Ellis scene from True Blood. He said he’d based Lafayette’s mannerisms on his mother and sister.

I have more makeup on than any of the females in the cast. Once they get me with the fake eyelashes and the eye makeup, I listen to some Rihanna and I’m there.

RIP.

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