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Yesterday, we learned some truly shocking news.

Nelsan Ellis had passed away. He was only 39 years old.

As his manager explained in a statement, “Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure. He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed.”

Nelsan is perhaps best known for his role as Lafayette on the HBO series True Blood, but he also had roles in movies like The Help and The Butler.

And, judging by statements that have been flooding in yesterday and today, he was also known among his peers for being a truly amazing person.

Check out some of the tributes from Hollywood for Nelsan below …