On Thursday, April 6th, multiple reports began circulating as to the cause of Lance Reddick’s death. The actor, best known for his roles in The Wire and John Wick franchises, passed away suddenly on March 17, 2023 at the age of 60.
Reddick’s cause of death was listed as ischemic heart disease and coronary artery disease, according to his death certificate obtained by TMZ on Thursday. But Reddick’s attorney, James Hornstein, challenges the reasons given in a statement to People.
“I have represented Lance Reddick for many years and continue to represent his wife Stephanie. The coroner statement on the death certificate is not a result of an autopsy. No autopsy was performed on Lance. To my knowledge, no medical examination of Lance during his lifetime ever indicated such conditions,” read the statement.
“Lance was the most physically fit person I’ve ever known,” Hornstein continued. “He exercised daily at his home gym, including extensive cardio work, and the availability of gym facilities was a contractual requirement for his work away from home. He ate as if a dietician was monitoring his every meal. The information appearing on the death certificate is wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle.”
“On behalf of Stephanie Reddick, the information on the death certificate has not been confirmed and does not match facts known to the family,” the statement concluded.
At the time of the actor’s death, natural causes were listed as the cause of death.
Take a look at one of the last interviews Reddick gave days before his death.