Lance Reddick passed away of natural causes from common heart disease,
There were many reasons that news of John Wick star Lance Reddick’s death was so confusing. He was a beloved character actor who appeared in everything from Lost and The Wire to the Amazon series Bosch, and his fans worldwide kept wondering how someone who appeared so healthy could die so suddenly. Sadly, we now have an answer: according to TMZ, the actor’s official cause of death was “Ischemic Heart Disease as well as Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease.”
News of Lance Reddick’s death first broke on March 17 when the beloved actor was found dead in his home in Studio City. Again, because it was difficult to imagine what could have killed someone who seemed so healthy and strong, some fans (perhaps channeling their inner Keanu Reeves wanting revenge) thought that foul play might have been involved. However, law enforcement was able to determine that Reddick had died of natural causes, but it wasn’t clear at the time what those causes might have been, leaving fans understandably frustrated and hungry for answers.
Sadly, Lance Reddick’s wife, Stephanie, was the first to learn about his death, finding his body collapsed in the backyard when she got home. She immediately called 911 in hopes that they would be able to save his life. Unfortunately, it was too late to save this Hollywood star, though some fans think there might have been a big warning sign about the actor’s health hiding in plain sight right in front of us.
Mere days before Lance Reddick’s death, he posted a selfie-style video to Instagram. In the video, he was chilling at home with his dogs, but this was around the same time that John Wick 4 premiered in New York City. Fans at the time wondered why Reddick wasn’t at the premiere, and after he died, some began to speculate if the actor had been experiencing health issues that he didn’t want to disclose to the world.
And given what we now know about Lance Reddick’s death, there would likely have been different warning signs that he had noticed. For example, Ischemic Heart Disease is a fancy term for the arteries hardening up, and this can result in dizziness, fainting, and chest pain, all of which can be exacerbated by physical activity (such as attending a major Hollywood premiere). Incidentally, Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease refers to the arteries getting clogged with plaque, and it may result in similar symptoms along with shortness of breath, all of which would help explain why he was kicking it at home during the big premiere.
This additional information about Lance Reddick and his unexpected death is better than nothing, but it still leaves fans of the actor with more questions than answers. Since it’s an open secret that he was the beating heart at the center of the John Wick films, it will be interesting to see if his character gets recast for the upcoming John Wick 5 or if he will be written out altogether. No matter what happens, though, the loss of a talent as immense as Lance Reddick is a tragedy, and even if he gets recast, his absence leaves a hole at the center of the entertainment world that will likely never be filled again.