Rest in Peace: Remembering Lance Reddick (1960-2021)
Actor and musician Lance Reddick, known for his iconic roles in The Wire and the John Wick movie franchise, has sadly passed away at the age of 60. His reps confirmed the news to The New York Times on Friday, March 17th, revealing that the actor passed away suddenly from natural causes.
The statement issued to PEOPLE from Reddick’s reps read, “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick. 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.”
In the John Wick franchise, Reddick played Charon, the mysterious concierge at the criminal-underworld hotel The Continental. He appeared in the entire franchise, alongside Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane, and was slated to appear in the upcoming Ballerina spin-off, starring Ana de Armas. He had recently been doing press for John Wick: Chapter 4, which hits theaters on March 24, and reprises his role as Charon.
Reeves and franchise director Chad Stahelski shared a statement with Variety on Reddick's passing, saying, “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick. 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.”
Wendell Pierce, Reddick’s costar on The Wire, remembered him as “a man of great strength and grace” in a statement posted to Twitter. He was a truly talented musician and actor, the epitome of class. We feel an unexpected and sharp pain in our artistic family due to this sudden loss. His personal family and loved ones must suffer an unimaginable grief. Farewell my friend, you left your mark. Rest in Peace.
Ben Stiller recalled a time that Reddick worked with his mother, saying, “Lance Reddick was an beautiful and compelling actor. A gorgeous individual. 
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