Nelsan Ellis battled an addiction to alcohol that unfortunately led to passing at the young age of 39 on Saturday.
Ellis’ specific cause of death involved complications from heart failure, but it has now been revealed that alcohol played a role as well and his family decided to bravely make that known.
With that being said, at the decision of Nelsan’s father, they decided to release a statement to the The Hollywood Reporter, so that his life may serve as a ‘cautionary tale’ to others.
Via The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
On the morning of Saturday July 8th, after four days in Woodhull Hospital, Nelsan was pronounced dead. Nelsan was a gentle, generous and kind soul. He was a father, a son, a grandson, a brother, a nephew, and a great friend to those that were lucky enough to know him. Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believes that in death he would want his life to serve as a cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.
May he rest in peace.