The Tragic Death Of The Wire Star Lance Reddick

Beloved actor Lance Reddick has died at the age of 60, law enforcement confirmed to TMZ on March 17. While a source told the news outlet that his passing may have been of natural causes, an official cause of death report has yet to be released.

Before his tragic death, Reddick was happily married to his wife of 12 years, Stephanie Reddick. While the pair did not share any children, the talented actor is survived by his two children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Alexander Reddick, from his first marriage to Suzanne Yvonne Louis. Outside of his quiet and private personal life, Reddick cultivated an incredible career in the film, television and music industries dating back to the '90s. While the start of his career featured one-off roles in various sitcoms and dramas, the "Law and Order: SVU" talent reached his big break after starring in the critically HBO series "The Wire."

Following his 60-episode run in the aforementioned series, Reddick continued to rack in high-profile roles in projects like the "John Wick" film series, Amazon Prime's "The Legend of Vox Machina," and Fox's "Fringe." Of course, his fans and industry peers are devastated by the loss of the "Resident Evil" star. Keep reading to find out how the Hollywood community and his dedicated fanbase have reacted to the news. 

Fans and the entertainment industry mourn the loss of Lance Reddick

In the wake of Lance Reddick's tragic death, fans have taken to social media to express their sadness over his sudden passing. One fan on Twitter wrote: "We throw around underrated a lot, but Lance Reddick truly was one of the most underrated actors of our time. I'm going to miss him very much. Rest in peace, sir. You've earned it." Another person echoed similar sentiments before highlighting his bittersweet role in Disney+'s upcoming "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. "Lance Reddick is gone before one of his final performances comes out where we see him play king of the gods, as Zeus, and it's going to take on a whole new meaning now," they tweeted. "Rest in peace to an immensely talented man."

Fans weren't the only ones to share their condolences on social media. "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn also uploaded a heartfelt statement to Twitter, praising the "Oz" star for being an "incredibly nice guy and an incredibly talented actor." Gunn further added, "This is heartbreaking. My love goes out to all his family, friends, and collaborators." Lastly, Reddick's "The Wire" cast mate Wendell Pierce –– who played Detective William Moreland in the HBO drama –– described the late actor as the "epitome of class." "A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor ... You made your mark here. RIP," he tweeted. Reddick's death came a day after he uploaded a loving post about his dogs on Instagram.