'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.

Jackie Ellis, his mother, predeceased him in death.

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Posting a photo with his True Blood cast mate, Joe Manganiello said: 'Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. Actress Octavia Spencer posted a photo on Instagram that she shared on Twitter and said: 'Just got word that we lost @Official Nelsan. His light shined bright.''Very disturbed and sad that Nelsan Ellis has died. Actor Sam Trammel said: 'I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. @Nelsan Ellis also played Bobby Byrd in "Get On Up" with @chadwickboseman and the horse trainer in "Secretariat." RIP.

He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. My heart breaks for his kids and family.…'Jessica Chastain, who attended the esteemed Juilliard School around the same time as Ellis, wrote: 'We didn't even scratch the surface of seeing what this artist was capable of. #Nelsan Ellis'Director Ava Du Vernay wrote: 'Rise in Peace, King. You made a difference #nelsanellis' Wendell Pierce said: 'A talented and beautiful man. Talented brother,' said media personality Roland Martin.To find out more about Online Behavioural Advertising and how it helps provide you with more relevant ads on the websites you visit, take a look at our explainer video below.To exercise your online choices, visit: and select your national version of the website from the home page.From here you will find all the information you need to understand the practice of OBA.Plus, the user-choice platform provided allows you to conveniently ‘turn off’ all OBA ads served by some or all of the participating companies. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your profile.