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The shock of Lance Reddick’s death turned to suspicion now that his family disputes the cause of death.

Comedy Central 'Corporate' TV show panel, TCA Winter Press Tour, Los Angeles, USA - 15 Jan 2018

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In the weeks since the beloved actor’s sudden passing, the coroner’s report offered more questions than answers. The report declared Reddick’s cause of death as “Ischemic Heart Disease” and “Atherosclerotic Coronary Artery Disease.” However, his wife, Stephanie Reddick, doesn’t believe the coroner’s word, claiming this report is “wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle,” according to PEOPLE.

The last explanation anyone expected for Reddick’s passing was heart disease and the only thing more shocking than the report, is that it reportedly wasn’t even based on an actual autopsy.

His wife isn’t just in disbelief, the Reddicks’ attorney  James Hornstein issued a statement to dispute these findings.

“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,” Hornstein wrote in the statement.

Fans couldn’t believe Reddick just dropped dead from initial reports of “natural causes” at only 60 years old.  Friends remembering the John Wick star marveled at his notoriously disciplined healthy lifestyle.

“Lance was the most physically fit person I’ve ever known. 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,” added Attorney Hornstein.

“He ate as if a dietician was monitoring his every meal. The information appearing on the death certificate is wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle.”

The Baltimore native maintained ripped muscles since his ab-flashing days on The Wire 20 years ago. Like many Black men, Reddick was still in his prime when he died.

“On behalf of Stephanie Reddick, the death certificate information is not corroborated and is inconsistent with the facts known to the family,” the statement concluded.

A history of even mild COVID infections increases the risk and accelerates the progression of serious illnesses and complications. Even previously healthy people like athletes or marathon runners became more likely to experience heart attacks. Beyond this possibility, if Reddick was cremated as the death certificate indicated, the sudden end to his accomplished life may remain a mystery.


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