By Liam Stack, nytimes.com
Nelsan Ellis, an actor best known for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO series “True Blood,” died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 39.
HBO confirmed his death but did not specify the cause.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Mr. Ellis’s manager, Emily Gerson Saines, as saying the cause was heart failure. Ms. Saines did not reply to an email seeking comment on Sunday.
Mr. Ellis starred in “True Blood” from 2008 to 2014 as a scene-stealing diner cook and dealer of addictive vampire blood in rural Louisiana. The series was a hit, running for 80 episodes, and Mr. Ellis’s character quickly became a fan favorite.