Actor Lance Reddick, perhaps best known for his roles in the “John Wick” franchise and HBO’s “The Wire,” died on March 17. A death certificate released on Thursday, April 6, reveals the cause of death.
According to his death certificate obtained by TMZ, Reddick, 60, had two heart conditions: ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.
The American Heart Association notes that ischemia is a ”condition in which blood flow and oxygen is restricted or reduced in a part of the body.”
The Mayo Clinic notes that arteriosclerosis is a condition where the “blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body become thick and stiff.”
Restriction of blood flow to the organs can trigger a heart attack or stroke. The symptoms are similar to myocarditis.
Reddick was participating in a press tour promoting the soon release of “John Wick: Chapter 4” at the time of his death. Lionsgate film executives will release the film to theaters on March 23.
“You see, with the three of us, it’s not just the family that you’re born into, but the family that you created and how much we really are family,” he said during an interview on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
At the recent Academy Awards show, Keanu Reeves said of Reddick:
“He was a beautiful person, a special artist [and] a man of grace and dignity [with] such a passion for his craft. To have had the chance to work with him over the 10 years and four films [in the franchise] is something very special to me.”
Police officers told TMZ that Reddick’s body was found in his Studio City, Calif., home at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 17. Initial reports noted Reddick died of “natural causes.”
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