Premiere Of HBO's 'True Blood' Season 3 - ArrivalsOn July 8, fans were shocked and heartbroken by the news that Nelsan Ellis, best known for playing Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's "True Blood," had died after complications with heart failure. He was 39.

Ellis acted in other TV shows and films -- including "Elementary," "The Butler," "The Soloist," and "Get on Up" -- but Lafayette was an icon, and Truebies were devastated.

Here are some reactions to Nelsan's passing from his "True Blood" family, including this beautiful story Stephen Moyer (Vampire Bill) posted to Facebook:

HBO statement: "We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. Nelsan was a longtime 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."

"True Blood" creator Alan Ball: "Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege."

According to Variety, Nelsan Ellis is survived by his grandmother, his father, and his son, Breon, as well as seven siblings. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to Jenesse.org or RestoreMinistriesChurch.org.

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