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Nelsan Ellis' Family Shares the Circumstances of His Death to Help Those Struggling With Addictions

The 'True Blood' actor passed away Saturday at the age of 39.

Nelsan Ellis' Family Shares the Circumstances of the 'True Blood' Actor's Death
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Nelsan Ellis, who played fan-favorite Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, passed away Saturday at the age of 39. As his Hollywood friends and fans mourn his passing, his family has released more details surrounding his death, which was due to heart failure related to alcohol withdrawal complications.  

"After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own,” the statement reads. "According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control."

According to the statement, his family decided to share the circumstances surrounding his death in an effort to help those who may be struggling with similar addictions. 

You can read the full statement below: 

"Nelsan’s father has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan’s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.

On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others."

Shortly after news of Ellis' death broke, HBO issued a heartfelt statement about the beloved actor.

"We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. 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."

RIP Nelsan Ellis. 

 

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