Popular actor dead at 39

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Popular television and Hollywood film actor Nelsan Ellis has died at the age of 39 after complications from heart failure. He was widely known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s popular television show “True Blood.”

Ellis also appeared in the award winning film “The Help,” and starred in the TV show, “Elementary.”  He had also recently appeared in movies such “Get On Up” and “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”

Ellis received acclaimed praise for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

No comment from Ellis’ family or representatives have been made regarding the underlying problem that triggered the heart failure. However, HBO issued a statement stating Ellis will be dearly missed.

Ellis leaves behind one son. His death was just announced Saturday afternoon.

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