Lance Reddick’s wife Stephanie has broken her silence for the first time since the “unexpected” death of her beloved husband by thanking fans for their “overwhelming support” in an Instagram post.
Reddick died at the age of 60 of ‘natural causes’ on Friday morning – leaving Stephanie heartbroken – after their more than a decade of marriage.
Stephanie posted four photos of the late 60-year-old expressing her gratitude in the online tribute to her husband who she says was “taken from us way too soon.”
She wrote, “Lance was taken from us way too soon. Thank you for all your overwhelming love, support and beautiful stories shared on these platforms over the past day.
Lance Reddick’s wife Stephanie has broken her silence for the first time since her beloved husband’s ‘unexpected’ death and thanks fans for their ‘overwhelming support’ in an Instagram post
Stephanie posted four photos of the late 60-year-old expressing her gratitude in the online tribute to her husband, who she says was “taken from us far too soon”
“I see your messages and can’t begin to express how grateful I am to receive them. And to the thousands of Destiny players who played a special tribute to Lance, thank you. Lance loved you as much as he loved the game.”
Reddick, a character actor who specialized in intense, icy, and possibly sinister authority figures on TV and film, including “The Wire,” “Fringe,” and the “John Wick” franchise, has passed away at the age of 60.
Reddick died “suddenly” Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen said in a statement, attributing his death to natural causes. No further details were provided.
He and Stephanie enjoyed a quiet life for nearly 25 years before his tragic death.
Their low-key wedding in Minnesota in 2011 typified their humble lifestyle, which took place more than 12 years after they met when he performed at a theater where she worked.
Despite starring in numerous blockbusters, most recently John Wick 4, Reddick seemingly enjoyed an unpretentious relationship with his spouse.
While his co-stars indulged in lavish ceremonies, Stephanie insisted on just two lines.
“One was that everyone should have fun,” she said MspMag.
And the other was Lance couldn’t see my dress until I walked down the aisle. That was it.’
Stephanie, Lance’s second wife, shared two children with the late actor, Yvonne and Christopher.
She’s made several red carpet appearances over the years as her husband starred in hits like White House Down, The Blacklist, and Godzilla vs Kong.
While spending most of their days in their lavish $2.5 million mansion in Los Angeles, the couple decided to tie the knot in Minnesota as a tribute to their roots.
They chose the Midwest state because they first met there in 1999 while Stephanie was working on the set of the Gurthrie Theater.
Stephanie’s unobtrusive approach was on full display during the procession.
Classic role: Reddick played Cedric Daniels in HBO’s hit drama The Wire
This is Wire star Lance Reddick’s $2.5 million home where the 60-year-old was reportedly found dead Friday
“I told (the florist) I didn’t care what the flowers were, as long as they were pretty,” Stephanie said.
“She suggested peonies because they were in season at the time. I didn’t even know what color the flowers were going to be until the day of the wedding, and they turned out beautiful.”
After insisting that Reddick couldn’t see her dress before the big day, his Hollywood fortune was put aside, as she later admitted, “I found it online for $250, including shipping.”
“Lance picked it up at the post office and it fit perfectly. My favorite part of the wedding day was when my mom saw me in my dress and she started crying.”
Lance landed a role in her theater five years after earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
His breakthrough came in 2001 after being cast in The Wire, and he would appear in all 60 episodes alongside stars like Dominic West and Idris Elba.
But throughout his time as a Hollywood star, Lance managed to keep his family life private.
Tributes have poured in for the actor following the news of his tragic passing.
Wendell Pierce, Reddick’s co-star in ‘The Wire’ paid tribute on Twitter. “A man of great strength and grace,” he wrote. ‘Equally talented musician as actor. The epitome of class.’
“John Wick – Chapter Four” director Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves said they dedicated the upcoming film to Reddick and were “deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss.”
Often dressed in a suit or crisp uniform throughout his career, Reddick played tall, taciturn, and elegant men of distinction.
He was best known for his role as straightforward Lieutenant Cedric Daniels on the hit HBO series ‘The Wire’ where his character was agonizingly caught up in the messy politics of the Baltimore Police Department.
‘The Wire’ creator David Simon praised Reddick on Twitter: ‘Consummate professional, dedicated collaborator, sweet and gentle man, loyal friend. I can go on, but no, I can’t go on. This is stupid. And much, much, much too soon.’
‘I am an artist at heart. I feel like I’m very good at what I do. When I went to drama school I knew I was at least as talented as other students, but being a black male and not beautiful, I knew I would have to do my very best to become the best I would like to be. be and be noticed,” Reddick told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
Reddick uploaded a photo of himself relaxing at home with his three dogs a day before his death. He and Stephanie enjoyed a private and down-to-earth lifestyle
He wrote under the photos, “On screen and off it’s no surprise I love to spoil my dogs”
Reddick also starred in the Fox series ‘Fringe’ as Special Agent Phillip Broyles, the smartly dressed Matthew Abaddon in ‘Lost’ and played versatile Continental Hotel janitor Charon in Lionsgate’s ‘John Wick’ films, including the fourth in the series which will be released later this month.
The world of Wick wouldn’t be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and imperturbable charisma. Lance leaves an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our dear, joyful friend and caretaker,” Lionsgate said in a statement.
Reddick earned a 2021 SAG Award nomination as part of the ensemble for Regina King’s film ‘One Night in Miami’. He played recurring roles on ‘Intelligence’ and ‘American Horror Story’ and was featured on the show ‘Bosch’ for seven years.
His upcoming projects include the 20th Century remake of ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ and ‘Shirley’, the Netflix biopic about former Congressman Shirley Chisholm. He would also appear in the ‘John Wick’ spin-off ‘Ballerina’ and ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Reddick was a graduate of Yale University and had some success after school, landing guest or recurring roles on ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. He also appeared in several films including ‘I Dreamed of Africa’, ‘The Siege’ and ‘Great Expectations’.
It was in season four of “Oz,” in which he plays a doomed undercover cop who’s sent to prison and becomes addicted, that Reddick experienced a career breakthrough.
“I was never interested in television. I’ve always seen it as a means to an end. Like many actors, I was only interested in theater and film. But “Oz” changed television. It was the start of HBO’s reign over quality, edgy, artistic stuff. Things that go back to the great cinema of the ’60s and ’70s,” he told The Associated Press in 2011.
“When the opportunity for ‘Oz’ presented itself, I jumped. And when I read the pilot for ‘The Wire,’ as a man who never wanted to be on television, I realized I had to be on this show.”
The pair first met at Minnesota’s Gurthrie Theater in 1999, where Stephanie worked while Reddick was in a play.
Tributes have poured in for the actor following the news of his tragic passing
Reddick attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music, where he studied classical composition and played the piano.
His first album, the jazzy ‘Contemplations and Remembrances’, was released in 2011.
He had a recurring role as Central Intelligence Agency Director Jeffrey Tetazoo on the CBS series ‘Intelligence’. On ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ he portrayed Papa Legba, the go-between between humanity and the spirit world.
His death was first reported by celebrity website TMZ. com.