Lance Reddick’s Cause of Death: ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ Star Dies at 60

Lance Reddick, a prolific actor known for his roles in ‘The Wire’, and ‘Bosch’ died on 17th March 2023 due to natural causes. The news was confirmed by his publicist Mia Hansen. 

Reddick who was 60, died “suddenly” on Friday morning as said by Mia Hansen said in a statement. “Lance will be greatly missed,” she said.

Who was Lance Reddick?

Lance Reddick was an American actor, producer, and musician. He was born on June 7, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Reddick was best known for his roles in popular television shows such as “The Wire,” “Fringe,” and “Bosch.” In “The Wire,” he played the character of Cedric Daniels, a police detective who serves as the commanding officer of the Major Crimes Unit.

Lance Reddick's Cause of Death

In “Fringe,” he portrayed Phillip Broyles, the head of a secret government agency. In “Bosch,” he played Irvin Irving, a police deputy chief who clashes with the show’s protagonist.

In addition to his television work, Reddick has also appeared in several movies, including “John Wick”, “White House Down,” and “The Guest.” He has also lent his voice to several video games, including the “Destiny” series, “Horizon Zero Dawn,” and ” Quantum Break.”

Aside from his acting career, Reddick is also a trained musician. He studied classical music at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore and has played the violin since he was a child. In 2007, he released his debut album, titled “Contemplations & Remembrances.” 

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Lance Reddick’s Cause of Death

On Friday, the talented “John Wick” actor, Lance Reddick passed away. His representative Mia Hansen confirmed Reddick’s death stating that the death was due to “natural causes.” 

His fellow co-star, Wendell Pierce, from the show “The Wire” remembered Reddick as a “man of great strength and grace” in a tribute on Friday.

“As talented a musician as he was an actor,” Pierce wrote. “The epitome of class. A 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.”

Lance Reddick began his television career in the mid-1990s with guest roles in a number of popular shows, like “New York Undercover,” and “Swift Justice”. 

In 1999, Reddick landed a small role in the political drama series “The West Wing.” He appeared in a single episode, playing a military officer named Captain Morrison. While the role was small, it helped to raise Reddick’s profile in the industry and paved the way for future opportunities.

After his stint on “The West Wing,” Reddick continued to land guest roles on various shows, including “Oz,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He also appeared in a number of films during this time, including “I Dreamed of Africa,” “Brother to Brother,” and “Dirty Work.”

“The world of Wick would not be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and unflappable charisma. Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our lovely, joyful friend and Concierge,” entertainment company, Lionsgate said in a statement.

Many stars remembered Lance as a kind-hearted soul and a true and lovely friend. The writer of “The Wire”, David Simon wrote on  Twitter, “Consummate professional, devoted collaborator, lovely and gentle man, loyal friend.”

His upcoming projects include 20th Century’s remake of “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Shirley,” Netflix’s biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. He was also slated to appear in the “John Wick” spinoff “Ballerina,” as well as “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.”

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” Chad Stahelski, the director of “John Wick: Chapter Four,” and Reddick’s co-star, Keanu Reeves, said in a joint statement to Deadline. “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.”

Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.