‘True Blood’ star and Bessemer-bred actor Nelsan Ellis is remembered as ‘phenomenally talented’ and ‘a deeply kind soul,’ according to ‘True Blood’ star Anna Paquin.

Ellis was best known for playing a flamboyant, cross-dressing, short-order cook in all seven seasons of the HBO vampire series ‘True Blood.

Ellis was born in Illinois but raised in Bessemer, Ala. and attended Jess Lanier High School and McAdory High School.

Stephen Moyer July 8, 2017 I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend.

Anna Camp July 8, 2017 I am so sad about the death of Nelsan Ellis, a great talent gone too soon.

Charlaine Harris July 8, 2017 Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis.