Nelsan Ellis: Celebrities React to True Blood Star's Shocking Death

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Yesterday, we learned some truly shocking news.

Nelsan Ellis had passed away. He was only 39 years old.

As his manager explained in a statement, "Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

Nelsan is perhaps best known for his role as Lafayette on the HBO series True Blood, but he also had roles in movies like The Help and The Butler.

And, judging by statements that have been flooding in yesterday and today, he was also known among his peers for being a truly amazing person.

Check out some of the tributes from Hollywood for Nelsan below ...

1. Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin
“It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul .@OfficialNelsan I’m devastated by his untimely death.”

2. Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer
“Nelsan Ellis was truly remarkable. A brilliant, charismatic, intelligent, soulful, wonderful dude. this is just completely tragic.”

3. Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello
“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. Watching him work was like watching someone channel a spirit. It was mesmerizing. RIP.”

4. Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain
"This is so sad. Sweet Nelsan. We didnt even scratch the surface of seeing what this artist was capable of. My love to the family of this spectacular man. #NelsanEllis.”

5. Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell
"I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend."

6. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams
"The few times I got to sit w/ Nelsan Ellis, he was incredibly sincere, thoughtful and generous. His tremendous talent spoke for itself. #RIP"

7. Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare
"Very disturbed and sad that Nelsan Ellis has died. Such a huge talent. Such a wonderful man. The world is a poorer place today..."

8. Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston
"Dearest #NelsanEllis , may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, you phenomenally talented genius...."

9. Deborah Ann Woll

Deborah Ann Woll
"My heart is broken by the passing of Nelsan Ellis. A truly beautiful person. My love to his family and friends. #RIPNelsanEllis #TrueBlood"

10. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union
“My God, such a beautiful soul and talented artist. Blown. Away. #RIP.”

11. Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe
"So blessed to share the screen with you you beautiful man."

12. Jim Parrack

Jim Parrack
"My brother and a piece of my heart is gone from here ... but just gone on. @OfficialNelsan thank you for sharing your life sweet angel"

13. Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
"Just got word that we lost @nelsanellisofficial. My heart breaks for his kids and family. #RIPNelsanEllis. #brillIantactor #trueblood #getonup #thesoloist #thehelp"

14. Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles
"No one could raise a brow like @OfficialNelsan An army of us r left wanting more. Wherever you are sir,wish u peace."

15. Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz
“May your transition be full of love, light and peace, @OfficialNelsan. Thank you for sharing your magical gifts with us.”

16. Kevin Alejandro

Kevin Alejandro
"I am speechless... I am heartbroken... Rest In Peace my friend"

17. Adina Porter

Adina Porter
"Dear Nelsan, you left us way too early. I haven't seen you in a minute. Just assumed we would pick right up where we left it. That's our world. Know you left a mark. Nelsan, I wish peace for you, your son and your family. Much love, your Auntie."

18. Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe
“Heartbroken over the passing of Nelsan Ellis. He was always so sweet to me and so entertaining to watch in screen."

19. Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard
"The instant I met @OfficialNelsan, I was awestruck. A true artistic genius. This man was one of the greats. We have lost a hero..."

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