It鈥檚 been a crushing week in the world of celebrity. On the heels of the heartbreaking news that YouTube star Stevie Ryan committed suicide at 33, True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has passed away at 39 years old.

According to E!, the actor鈥檚 rep confirmed to the outlet that his client died due to complications with heart failure.

Fans of the HBO series will likely remember him best as Lafayette Reynolds, a gay short-order cook, drug dealer, and medium who could conjure up the spirits of the dead. So popular, in fact, was Ellis鈥檚 character, that he was kept alive long after his time in the TV adaptation of the story, borrowed from Charlaine Harris鈥檚 The Southern Vampire Mysteries, which killed Reynolds off in the second book.

鈥淭here鈥檚 something about that dude that鈥檚 likable,鈥 the actor confessed to Vibe back in 2010. 鈥淓ven I was watching myself and criticizing myself, I go, 鈥業 like that dude.鈥欌

When True Blood ended in 2014, Ellis found a new role to 鈥渟ink his teeth into鈥 as Shinwell Johnson on CBS鈥檚 Elementary.

Joe Manganiello, who starred alongside Ellis in the vampire drama as Alcide Herveaux, posted to Twitter to say that he was 鈥渃rushed by the loss,鈥 calling his former castmate a 鈥渨onderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist.鈥

Sam Trammell, who played Sam Merlotte on the show, also shared his regrets, along with Deborah Ann Woll and Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp.

HBO gave a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, 鈥淣elsan 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.鈥

RIP, Nelsan 鈥 Lafayette forever!

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(h/t E!; photos via HBO, Jemal Countess + Michael Buckner/Getty)