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Nelsan Ellis Struggled with Addiction Before Death

(CNN)The family of late "True Blood" actor Nelsan Ellis says the actor was attempting to withdraw from alcohol leading up to his death on Saturday. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellis's family -- via his manager Emily Gerson Saines -- said they were prompted to share the details of the 39-year-old's death in hopes of helping others struggling with addiction. "Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life," the statement added. In the aftermath of his death, Ellis was remembered on social media by co-stars and friends in Hollywood.
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