Lance Reddick’s tragic last video taken just two days before his shock death aged 60 shows The Wire actor smiling and singing soul hit And The Beat Goes On while his beloved dogs bark in the background

  • The Wire star Lance Reddick died in his California home Friday morning, aged 60 
  • John Wick co-star Keanu Reeves has led the heartfelt tributes to the actor 

Lance Reddick appeared seemingly happy and healthy in his last ever video, taken just two days before his shock death aged just 60. 

The Wire actor died from ‘suddenly’ and from natural causes’, his agent Mia Hansen said, after he was discovered in his home in Studio City, California at 9.30am on Friday.

Lance’s passing has come as a shock to fans as the John Wick star had been posting regularly to his social media this week. 

In what would be his last ever video, a smiling Lance appeared in high spirits as he sang The Whispers soul hit ‘And The Beat Goes On’ in reference to his noisy dogs barking the background. 

He captioned the post: ‘And the beat goes on… #dogsoftwitter’. 

Sudden: Lance Reddick appeared seemingly happy and healthy in his last ever video, taken just two days before his shock death aged just 60

Tragic: The Wire actor died from ‘suddenly’ and from natural causes,’ his agent Mia Hansen said after he was discovered in his home in Studio City, California at 9.30am on Friday

Fans later commented on the video to pay tribute. One wrote: ‘Damn. Loved him. Death can be as quick as turning off a light switch for anybody. How you treat people really is all that matters at the end of day. I’ll remember you with a smile on my face so you’ve done good buddy, you’ve done good.’ 

Another typed: ‘I can’t believe you’re gone, you left so suddenly, so young. We will never forget you, you were and will remain great. Rest in peace’. 

While a third follower echoed: ‘They knew, those dogs; I’m telling ya. RIP, hero to the many, protector of all as I know him, and to the actor whose heart carried his work.’

Lance was in the middle of a promotional tour for his franchise John Wick in which he starred as the concierge Charon. 

Just a day before his tragic death he had uploaded a photo of himself curled up with his three dogs at home in an Instagram promotional post about Hard Rock hotels and National Puppy Day.

On Wednesday evening he was due to attend a premiere for Wick 4 alongside co-star Keanu Reaves but failed to turn up. Reddick did not explain his absence.

He was also reportedly scheduled to appear on The Kelly Clarkson show next week. 

MailOnline has reached out to the actor’s representatives for comment. 


RIP: Lance’s passing has come as a shock to fans as the John Wick star had been posting regularly to his social media this week

Sudden: Fans have commented on the video to pay tribute. One wrote: ‘Damn. Loved him. Death can be as quick as turning off a light switch for anybody’

He had posted several photos of himself with his three dogs in a promotional post for Hard Rock hotels.

He wrote: ‘On screen and off, it’s no surprise I love spoiling my dogs.’

Reddick will be best remembered for his role as Daniels on the hit HBO crime series The Wire, appearing in all 60 episodes alongside stars including Dominic West and Idris Elba. 

Social media: Reddick uploaded a shot of himself relaxing at home with his three dogs just one day before his death 


So sad: He wrote underneath the photos: ‘On screen and off it’s no surprise I love spoiling my dogs’

Classic role: Reddick played Cedric Daniels in HBO’s hit drama The Wire 

His death comes less than two years after fellow The Wire star Michael K Williams died aged 54 of an accidental drug overdose in September 2021. 

Reddick also had recurring roles in hit TV shows Fringe, Oz, Bosch, and Lost and was the voice of Commander Zavala in the Destiny video games. 

And he made appearances in Blockbuster films Godzilla Vs. Kong and Angel Has Fallen. 

He is survived by his wife Stephanie, daughter Yvonne Nicole and son Christopher.

Stars raced to Twitter to pay tribute to the ‘incredibly talented’ actor as news of his death broke on Friday. 

‘A man of great strength and grace,’ said Wendell Pierce, his co-star on The Wire.  

‘As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. A sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. 

‘An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP’.

Devastating: Reddick is understood to have died from ‘natural causes,’ sources say. He is pictured with his wife Stephanie Reddick at a screening in February 2015

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