The entertainment industry was saddened by the unexpected death of “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis on July 8, 2017.
On July 10, 2017, Ellis’s family revealed that he had died as a result of attempting to withdraw from alcohol on his own, without medical supervision.
In a statement released through Ellis’s manager to the Hollywood Reporter, it was reported that, “Nelsan had suffered with drug and alcohol abuse for years.”
Many people are not aware of the danger of alcohol withdrawal which is more dangerous than opiate withdrawal and can lead to death. According to research between 5 and 25 percent of people who go through extreme alcohol withdrawal die. A hospital or treatment program that supplies medical interventions is the safest way to detox from drugs or alcohol.
Ellis’ family’s statement also stated that, “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.”
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