True Blood Star, Nelsan Ellis Dies At Age 30

True blood star, Nelsan Ellis dies at 30.

Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette on the HBO horror drama series, True Blood, died earlier today after complications with heart failure.

The actor's manager Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the news in a statement; "Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

Ellis, an alumni of the prestigious performing art school, Juilliard, appeared in all seven series of the horror drama, where he played the role of a cook and vampire blood dealer. His portrayal of Lafayette was loved by so many, that he remained as a main character throughout it's seven series, despite the fact his character was killed off early in the original book series by Sookie Stackhouse. 

'We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,' HBO said in a statement. 

'Nelsan was a long-time 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.'

Ellis also starred in The Help alongside Octavia spencer and Viola Davis and played the role of Martin Luther King Jr in Lee Daniel's The Butler. 

Co stars, as well as fans, took to social media to share their heartbreaks, and pay tribute.

True Blood creator, Alan Ball said: "Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege."

"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," said Joe Manganiello.

The actor's family have asked for donations to be made to The restoration ministries Church of God and Christ or Jenesse Center instead of laying of flowers.