A lawyer for Lance Reddick’s family is challenging a report that the late John Wick and The Wire actor died of heart illness, claiming the finding is “not the result of an autopsy” and is “inconsistent with the facts known to the family.”
TMZ reported Thursday morning that it had obtained a death certificate listing Reddick’s immediate cause of death as ischemic heart disease as well as atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.
Hours later, Reddick’s longtime attorney James Hornstein said in a statement provided to EW that “No autopsy was performed on Lance” and that “To my knowledge, no medical examination of Lance during his lifetime ever indicated such conditions.”
Hornstein described Reddick as “the most physically fit person I’ve ever known,” with a lifestyle that included regular workouts in his home gym, “heavy cardio work,” and a rigorous diet. He went on to say that Reddick has “access to exercise facilities” as a “contractual need” when working away from home.
“The information appearing on the death certificate is wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle,” Hornstein said. “On behalf of [Lance’s wife] Stephanie Reddick, the death certificate information is not corroborated and is inconsistent with the facts known to the family.”
Reddick died on March 18, at 60. Representatives for the actor said at the time that he “passed away suddenly” from natural causes and asked for respect for his family’s privacy.
Reddick, a Baltimore native, made his acting debut on HBO’s prison drama Oz before going on to feature in the network’s critically acclaimed crime thriller The Wire. His previous television appearances include Fringe, Resident Evil, Bosch, and Corporate.
He was in the middle of promoting John Wick: Chapter 4 when he died. He recently reprised his role as Charon, the concierge at the hitman-friendly New York hotel The Continental. Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski, who directed John Wick 4, dedicated the film to Reddick, saying, “We will miss him sincerely.”
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