Family Reveals Stunning Details Behind Death Of "True Blood" Star Nelsan Ellis

Over the weekend, the stunning news dropped that "True Blood" star Nelsan Ellis passed away at the age of 39. Questions have been swirling about ever since, and we finally have some clarity on what led to the talented actor’s untimely death.

As the Daily Mail shares, the star’s family has revealed that he passed away from heart failure that was brought on by withdrawal from alcohol.

It appears that Ellis had been dealing with addiction issues for a number of years. He went through a number of stints in rehab, and he was attempting to slay his dragons on his own when tragedy struck.

The family released a statement through the late actor's manager, Emily Gerson Saines, in the hopes of helping others that are also battling through addiction issues.

“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,” the statement read in part. “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.”

It’s an incredibly admirable stance for the family to take as they’re dealing with an unspeakable tragedy. Instinctively, most families will lean towards keeping details close to the vest, but the Ellis family has taken another tact in the hopes of helping others.

“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,” the statement continued.

The statement goes on: “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.”

The tributes have poured in ever since the shocking news of the star’s passing broke, and it’s quite clear he had a huge impact on all he came in contact with.

“It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul @OfficialNeslan I'm devastated by his untimely death,” shared his former "True Blood" co-star Anna Paquin.

“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,” read a statement from HBO. “Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP,” shared his "True Blood" castmate, Joe Manganiello.

In a perfect world, the family’s hopes that his death serves as a cautionary tale for those dealing with addiction will be heeded.

Source: Daily Mail
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