Paquin explains in the video: "One hate crime is committed approximately every hour of every day in this country." The 27-year-old actress announced her engagement to Moyer in August last year.They met on the set of True Blood, HBO's hit vampire drama, in which she plays waitress Sookie Stackhouse."I'm devastated by his untimely death." "Nelsan Ellis was truly remarkable," recalled Paquin's husband, Stephen Moyer, who played vampire Bill Compton."A brilliant, charismatic, intelligent, soulful, wonderful dude.The Illinois-born actor so impressed the producers and fans of the HBO supernatural drama with his performance that the TV version of Lafayette escaped the early death the character was dealt in Charlaine Harris' books."A great talent gone too soon," Harris lamented on Twitter.
His manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed his death on Saturday to USA TODAY.He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. "One of the sweetest most talented men I've ever met. Ellis appeared in numerous films and TV shows, including Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois.He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, and later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago before graduating from the famed Juilliard School.His first television role was in 1993 as Philip Masefield in the TV adaptation of the play Conjugal Rites, written by actor/playwright Roger Hall.This was followed by the television film Lord of Misrule, filmed in Fowey, Cornwall, which also featured Richard Wilson, Emily Mortimer and Prunella Scales.Ellis is survived by his grandmother Alex Brown; his father, Tommie Lee Thompson; and his son, Breon Ellis.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."Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis," wrote Joe Manganiello, who played werewolf Alcide."He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist." Kevin Alejandro, who came on as Lafayette's boyfriend Jesus midway through the series, said he was "speechless" and '"heartbroken." "I was in complete awe of your talent and so honored to have known your kindness," wrote Anna Camp, who broke out in a recurring role as an anti-vampire, religious fundamentalist Christian during Season 2 and returned in the final season.The network issued a statement noting, "Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of family mourned him on Twitter Saturday."It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul [email protected] Nelsan," wrote Anna Paquin, whose waitress character, Sookie Stackhouse, was close with Ellis' cook.