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    Nelsan Ellis "True Blood" Actor, Dies At Age 39

    July 10, 201712:50 PM ET

    Nelsan Ellis, the actor who brought to life the flamboyant character of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood, has died at the age of 39.

    Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the death, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] The Hollywood Reporter that he died "after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

    Saines also said Ellis' body was damaged after years of drug and alcohol abuse. She said his father agreed to make it public that, after participating in several anti-addiction programs, Ellis attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own.

    "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. ... Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. ... 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."

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    Actor’s Death Spotlights Risk in Detoxing Alone

    Jul 11 2017, 7:46 pm ET
     
    Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his role as Lafayette Reynold’s on HBO’s hit series "True Blood," [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] at the age of 39. The fan-favorite struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for many years. The exact circumstances of Ellis’ death were shared by his manager, Emily Gerson Saines, who confirmed that his death was a result of heart failure following an attempt to quit drinking on his own.

    The ease and low expense of managing detox and abstinence at home can be tempting to individuals who struggle with addiction, but the process, if done quickly and without professional supervision, can be dangerous, even fatal.

    Between 5 and 25 percent of people who go through extreme alcohol withdrawal die, according to a report in Alcohol Health & Research World. It's believed that singer[Only registered and activated users can see links. ] died as a result of an unsuccessful alcohol self-detox.

    According to Ellis' family, the actor had been through rehab many times, albeit unsuccessfully, which is why he was attempting to quit on his own. In a family statement to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], Ellis' father said his kidneys failed, he had a blood infection, his blood pressure dropped and "his dear sweet heart raced out of control."

    While rehab doesn't always work for everyone, a hospital or treatment program is the safest way to recover. Still, of the more than 15 million U.S. adults with an alcohol-use disorder, fewer than 10 percent get treatment at a specialized facility, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

    In Ellis' case, his family revealed his private struggles with alcohol to the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] because he "would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others."

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    There will never be another Lafayette .

    RIP

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