This breaks my heart.
Nelsan Ellis' family has decided to share private details surrounding the 39 year old's tragic passing, in a new statement to 'The Hollywood Reporter'.
In the statement, the family reveals Nelsan was battling an addiction to alcohol and drugs:
“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.”