A public funeral for ‘True Blood’ star Nelsan Ellis has been set for Saturday, July 22, at Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Ill..
Prior to the funeral, there will be a public viewing on Friday, July 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Leak & Sons Funeral Home in Country Club Hills, Ill.
Pastor Tyrone Gaston will preside over Saturday’s service, which begins at at 11 a.m.
Last week, Nelsan passed away due to complications from alcohol withdrawal. His family has since issued a statement highlighting his addiction as a precautionary tale.
The actor was born in Harvey, Ill., and lived in Alabama with his aunt and siblings before moving back to Chicago at age 15. After joining the Marines for a short period of time, he studied at Illinois State University and went on to get a degree from Juilliard School. In addition to his fan-favorite role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” he also appeared in “The Soloist,” “The Butler,” “Elementary,” and “The Help.”
Ellis is survived by his grandmother, his father, and his son, Breon, as well as seven siblings.
Donations may be made to Restoration Ministries’ Nelsan Ellis Foundation.