Nelsan Ellis


Age: 39

actor best known for his memorable portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds, a gay short order cook, on the HBO drama True Blood from 2008 to 2014 who studied at Juilliard and most recently appeared on the CBS detective series Elementary, who also was a playwright and a stage director and appeared as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Lee Daniels' The Butler, as singer Bobby Byrd in the James Brown biopic Get On Up, and in The Help.

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Born: November 30, 1977

Died: July 8, 2017

Los Angeles, California