Nelsan Ellis, the 39-year-old “True Blood” actor passed away on Saturday, July 8th while attempting to detox from alcohol. He perished at a hospital in New York City. Ellis reportedly suffered from an alcohol addiction and he was ashamed of it. But his family has tried speaking out against alcohol addiction in honor of their dead son.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Ellis’ family said:
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.
Unfortunately, Ellis is far from the only person that is struggling with addiction in modern society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol use has led to 88,000 deaths. Furthermore, the economic costs of alcohol add up to $2.05 per drink in 2010, totaling to more than $249 billion.
The cost of alcohol is more than just money. People like Ellis provided us with meaning and entertainment. Alcohol and other addictions have led to so many deaths. Please, if someone needs help, don’t be scared to contact Chapters Capistrano today.