Nelsan Ellis' Family Reveal His Addiction Issues to Help Others

This week True Blood fans were stunned after the sudden death of Nelsan 'Lafayette' Ellis [click here if you missed that].

Nelsan's family graciously opens up about his cause of death in hopes of helping others...

A statement from Nelsan Ellis' manager reads,
Nelsan’s father has bravely agreed for me to share the circumstances of Nelsan’s heart failure. Nelsan has suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years. After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own. According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.