True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis has passed away at the age of just 39, due to complications with heart failure. Very upsetting news to wake up to this morning.

“He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed,” talent agent Emily Gerson Saines told The Hollywood Reporter.

Nelsan Ellis played the role of Lafayette Reynolds on the popular HBO show, and will undoubtedly be missed by fans and colleagues alike.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” a spokesperson for HBO said in a statement.

Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood.

Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

Our thoughts go out to his son Breon Ellis, and the rest of his loved ones during this difficult time.

Rest in peace.