The Funeral for ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Will Be Open To The Public


Beloved True Blood star Nelsan Ellis will be laid to rest in his home state of Illinois on July 21. The Ellis family announced a public viewing for the True Blood actor is scheduled from 6 – 9 p.m. at Leak and Sons Funeral Home, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The funeral will be held the following day on July 22 at Holy Temple Cathedral.


Ellis struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for years before he died on July 8,  due to heart failure complications at the age of 39.


As Lafayette, the cocky cook at Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, Ellis was  one of the actors who stayed with True Blood up until the final season, which capped in 2014.


Ellis is survived by his son, Breon, as well as his grandmother, Alex Brown, and his father, Tommie Lee Thompson. He is also survived by his siblings Lakeeia Thomson, Tommie Lee Thompson, Babon Ellis, Maurice Turne, Tianna Thompson, Shaentika Beard and Yvonne Ellis and aunt Tartheaia Thompson.


Memorial donations may be made to the Nelsan Ellis Foundation. Flowers and gifts may be sent to Leak & Sons Funeral Home.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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