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In Memoriam

Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing the part of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, has passed away at age 39.

Nelsan was cast as Lafayette Reynolds in the pilot for True Blood in 2007 which premiered in 2008.  True Blood ran for seven seasons, in which time Ellis received a Satellite Award and was nominated for a Scream Award as well, both for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2012, he was cast as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a supporting performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler. In 2013 Ellis joined the cast of Get on Up, a biographical drama about the life of James Brown, where he portrayed Bobby Byrd, Brown's long-time friend.  Most recently, Ellis joined the cast of Elementary, playing Shinwell Johnson.

Nelsan was a much-loved guest at Dragon Con and will truly be missed.

Nelsan Ellis