Elementary actor Nelsan Ellis has died. The former True Blood star was just 39 years old. The news was confirmed by his manager, Emily Gerson Saines.
“Nelsan passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent. And his words and presence will be forever missed,” Saines said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ellis was notoriously private when it came to his personal life. Since he played a gay character on the popular vampire fantasy series, fans have speculated about the actor’s sexuality. In past interviews, Ellis had been asked about this speculation and, back in 2010, Vibe caught up with him and he addressed the topic.
“I don’t answer that question, ‘Are you gay or not,’ when it comes down to industry people. But if it’s a regular person asking me, that just says that maybe I’m doing a good job. But when a casting director or an agent asks me that question it takes on a deeper thing that says, ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this unless you are that,’” Ellis told Vibe.
In short, Ellis was not gay. In fact, he had a wife, according to WetPaint. However, Ellis almost never discussed his home life publicly and his wife’s name isn’t easily found on the internet.
Back in April, Ellis posted the following photo on social media, announcing that he had a new addition to his family. While several news outlets report that he was survived by one son named Breon Ellis, it appears as though he recently welcomed the little girl in the photo below. He didn’t announce her name, however, but fans congratulated him and sent their best wishes to him and his family after seeing the post.
Two weeks earlier, Ellis tweeted the following photo of his “little man.”
He also shared this photo of his son back in December.
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