Lance Reddick death: what was his cause of death, did he die from heart disease - what has been said?

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Hollywood star was best known for his roles in John Wick, The Wire, Destiny 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Resident Evil and more

Lance Reddick’s cause of death has been revealed as “heart disease”, according to reports.

The Wire star died at the age of 60 last month, his representatives have confirmed. Reddick died on Friday 17 March morning, according to his publicist. He played Charon in all four of the John Wick films, starring Keanu Reeves, the last of which is currently in UK cinemas.

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During a storied career he had starring roles in HBO’s The Wire, the sci-fi series Fringe, Netflix’s Resident Evil and many more. Reddick also received acclaim for his voice acting roles in video games such as Destiny and Destiny 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn and 2022’s Horizon: Forbidden West.

Prior to his death, Reddick had completed a number of press interviews for John Wick 4. In a joint statement shared with US media outlets, Reeves and John Wick director Chad Stahelski described him as a “consummate professional”.

Is Lance Reddick’s cause of death known?

Announcing the actor’s death, his publicist said he died from natural causes. He was 60 and is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.

TMZ obtained a copy of Lance’s death certificate and revealed that “heart disease” was the cause of his death.

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Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick franchise, has died at the age of 60, his representatives have confirmed.Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick franchise, has died at the age of 60, his representatives have confirmed.
Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick franchise, has died at the age of 60, his representatives have confirmed.

Lance’s wife shares touching tribute

In a post on social media via Lance’s official account, his wife Stephanie paid tribute to him. She wrote: “Lance was taken from us far too soon. Thank you for all your overwhelming love, support and beautiful stories shared on these platforms this last day.

“I see your messages and can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have them. And to the thousands of Destiny players who played in special tribute to Lance, thank you. Lance loved you as much as he loved the game.

“Donations may be made to momcares.org in Baltimore, his hometown.”

Keanu Reeves and John Wick cast pay tribute

Keanu Reeves and John Wick franchise director Chad Stahelski issued a statement following the news of Reddick’s death. It read: “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick.

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“He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.”

Speaking at the L.A premiere for John Wick 4, Reeves described Reddick as an artist with “grace, dignity and a passion for life”. The screening of the film was dedicated to the actor.

Reeves told the Hollywood Reporter: “Every time you were in his presence, he was such a special person, special artist, and he had a grace and dignity, and a passion for life and his craft. Just to be in his light and to be in his presence and get a chance to work with him every day was special.”

Why did John Wick cast where blue ribbons?

Keanu Reeves and Shamier Anderson wear blue ribbons in memory of Lance Reddick. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for LionsgateKeanu Reeves and Shamier Anderson wear blue ribbons in memory of Lance Reddick. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate
Keanu Reeves and Shamier Anderson wear blue ribbons in memory of Lance Reddick. Picture: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate | Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Lionsgate

Reeves and the rest of the John Wick cast attending the L.A premiere wore a blue ribbon in memory of Reddick. The ribbons were picked as a tribute to the actor.

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Other tributes

Tributes to Reddick flooded in via social media. Reddick’s co star in The Wire, Wendell Pierce, described the actor as “a man of great strength and grace”, and said his death was “sudden, unexpected, sharp, painful grief for our artistic family”.

Lance Reddick has died. Picture: Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDbLance Reddick has died. Picture: Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb
Lance Reddick has died. Picture: Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb | Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb

“As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class,” he tweeted, alongside a picture of Reddick. An sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP.”

Reddick had a long and varied career

Reddick began his screen career in the mid-1990s, with guest roles on series including The Nanny and New York Undercover, going on to big-screen roles in Great Expectations and The Siege. He later landed the part of Cedric Daniels in the popular HBO drama The Wire, appearing in all 60 episodes alongside stars including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Michael K Williams and Wendell Pierce.

He had a long and varied career across TV, film and video games. After the end of The Wire, he went on to appear in Fox’s sci-fi series Fringe, appearing in all five seasons between 2008 and 2013.

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Reddick played Charon, the impassive hotel concierge at New York’s criminal underground hub, The Continental Hotel, in the high-octane John Wick films. The fourth one is due to be released in the UK next week.

Prior to his death he had returned as Charon in spin-off movie Ballerina, which is currently in post-production. He will also appear in the remake of White Men Can’t Jump.

Reddick also carved out a career as a voice actor in the video game career. Among his best known roles was Commander Zavala in Destiny and Destiny 2. The most recent Destiny 2 expansion Lightfall released at the end of February.

He also voiced Sylens in Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel Horizon Forbidden West - and will appear posthumously in the expansion Burning Shore, which will be released in April.

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