"We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis," HBO said in a statement."Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of 'True Blood.' Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO." Known to fans as Lafayette Reynolds on the vampire series, Ellis also appeared in "The Help," "Elementary," "Get on Up," "Little Boxes" and "The Butler." Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, died on July 6, 2017, in Los Angeles after reportedly suffering a stroke earlier in the week. The former British hat model was married to Lee for 69 years."Veronica Mars" actor Brad Bufanda committed suicide on Nov.
The 39-year-old died due to complications from heart failure.
He also starred in the 1982 movie "The King of Comedy" and 1996's "Sleepers." Singer Tom Petty died on Monday, Oct.
2, 2017, at age 66, his long-time manager Tony Dimitriades said in a statement.
"He was reviving his career, having just completed two movies, and we are shocked and saddened by his passing.
The family would appreciate privacy at this difficult time." New Orleans pianist Fats Domino died at age 89, his family told WWL-TV on Oct. The artist, whose full name was Antoine Dominique Domino Jr., was best-known for his hits "I'm Walkin'" (1957) and "Ain't That a Shame" (1955), among others.