Lance Reddick, ‘John Wick’, dies at 60

The Associated Press reports that actor Lance Reddick, known for his many television and film roles – including John Wick and The Wire– has died at the age of 60. 

According to People Magazine, the news of Reddick’s passing was revealed by the actor’s representatives on Friday.

“Natural causes”

The statement released by Reddick’s representatives states, “acclaimed actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes.”

No further information is provided about the circumstances of Reddick’s passing. But, a few more details have been reported by TMZ.

The outlet reports:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Lance’s body was discovered at his Studio City home Friday morning around 9:30 AM. His cause of death is currently unclear, but our law enforcement sources say it appears to be natural.

Just a day before his passing, Reddick posted a message to his Instagram account which featured him and his four dogs. He wrote in the caption, “in screen and off, it’s no surprise I love spoiling my dogs.”

Remembering Reddick

Reddick’s acting career began in the mid-1990s, but it really picked up around 2000 with appearances in The Coroner, Oz, and Law & Order: SVU.

Fans, though, likely know Reddick for his more recent roles. This includes his role in the HBO drama, The Wire, where he played Cedrick Daniels.

The other big role that Reddick is particularly well-known for is John Wick. He has made appearances in all of the John Wick films, including Chapter Four, which is just about to be released to the public.

Reddick was born and raised in Baltimore, and he attended the Yale University drama school.

Reddick once said about himself:

I’m an artist at heart. I feel that I’m very good at what I do. When I went to drama school, I knew I was at least as talented as other students, but because I was a Black man and I wasn’t pretty, I knew I would have to work my butt off to be the best that I would be, and to be noticed.

“Godspeed my friend”

Fans and friends have taken to social media to express their shock and grief at Reddick’s sudden passing and to offer tributes and condolences.

One of the more memorable tributes, thus far, comes from Wendell Pierce, Reddick’s co-star on “The Wire.” Piere wrote:

A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. 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 is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and his two children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.