Celebrities Mourn and Honor ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis on Social Media

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Celebrities Mourn and Honor ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis on Social Media

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Celebrities Mourn and Honor ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis on Social Media

Death was a fact of life (and afterlife) on True Blood, but we never expected to lose one of the show’s cast members so soon.

Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO hit, died on July 8 of complications from heart failure.

From the celebrity tributes that have lit up social media since, it seems like the only thing more impressive than his performances — which also included roles in Elementary and movies like The Help and Get On Up — was his personality.

Read over 30 of those celeb tributes in this slideshow, starting with posts from Nelsan’s True Blood family, including co-star Stephen Moyer’s nearly-400-word eulogy.

Celebrities Mourn and Honor ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis on Social Media
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1. Stephen Moyer

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1. Stephen Moyer

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2. Anna Paquin

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2. Anna Paquin

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3. Joe Manganiello

3. Joe Manganiello

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4. Sam Trammell

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4. Sam Trammell

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5. Deborah Ann Woll

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5. Deborah Ann Woll

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6. Todd Lowe

6. Todd Lowe

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7. Carrie Preston

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7. Carrie Preston

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8. Lauren Bowles

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8. Lauren Bowles

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9. Kevin Alejandro

9. Kevin Alejandro

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11. Michael McMillian

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11. Michael McMillian

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12. Amelia Rose Blaire

12. Amelia Rose Blaire

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13. Anna Camp

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13. Anna Camp

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14. Janina Gavankar

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14. Janina Gavankar

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15. Denis O’Hare

15. Denis O’Hare

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16. Michael Raymond-James

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16. Michael Raymond-James

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17. Mariana Klaveno

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17. Mariana Klaveno

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18. Michelle Forbes

18. Michelle Forbes

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19. Charlaine Harris

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19. Charlaine Harris

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20. Viola Davis

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20. Viola Davis

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21. Jessica Chastain

21. Jessica Chastain

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22. Ava DuVernay

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22. Ava DuVernay

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23. Danielle Brooks

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23. Danielle Brooks

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24. Matt McGorry

24. Matt McGorry

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25. The Weeknd

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25. The Weeknd

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26. Chadwick Boseman

Celebrating my brother @NelsanEllisOfficial. 4Eva linked like Bobby Byrd and JB. We love u. We miss u. RIP.

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26. Chadwick Boseman

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27. Chrissy Metz

27. Chrissy Metz

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28. Gabourey Sidibe

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28. Gabourey Sidibe

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29. Sterling K. Brown

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29. Sterling K. Brown

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30. Dulé Hill

30. Dulé Hill

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31. Gabrielle Union

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31. Gabrielle Union

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32. Octavia Spencer

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33. Bryce Dallas Howard

33. Bryce Dallas Howard

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34. Jesse Williams

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Death was a fact of life (and afterlife) on True Blood, but we never expected to lose one of the show’s cast members so soon.

Nelsan Ellis, who played Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO hit, died on July 8 of complications from heart failure.

From the celebrity tributes that have lit up social media since, it seems like the only thing more impressive than his performances — which also included roles in Elementary and movies like The Help and Get On Up — was his personality.

Read over 30 of those celeb tributes in this slideshow, starting with posts from Nelsan’s True Blood family, including co-star Stephen Moyer’s nearly-400-word eulogy.