NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis has died.
He was best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO show.
The network put out a statement Saturday afternoon, saying “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.’”
Writer and producer Alan Ball added, “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege. ”
Ellis was also known for his role as Bobby Byrd in the film “Get On Up.”
He was 39 years old.