LANCE Reddick shared heartbreaking details about his late co-star Michael K. Williams, just a day before the John Wick actor’s own death.
Lance Reddick died at age 60 on Friday
“I just couldn’t believe it,” Reddick said to SiriusXM’s Bevelations host Bevy Smith on Thursday.
“I mean, I knew that he had like, when we were on The Wire, I know he struggled with it, and I only know it because he told me,” Reddick recalled.
Williams died from an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin on September 6, 2021, at age 54.
“But quite frankly, Michael and I didn’t stay in touch,” Reddick admitted.
Even though Reddick knew about Williams’ history of drug addiction, he was still surprised by his death.
“So because of the trajectory of his career, it never occurred to me that that was still going on,” Reddick said.
He explained: “As a matter of fact, the last time I saw him was when The Wire got an award.”
The Wire won the Classic Television Award at the American Black Film Festival in February 2020.
Reddick went on: “And he looked, I mean, I was like, except for the gray and white in his beard, he still looked like he was 30 years old.
“I mean, what is this guy eating? Because I want some of that.
“So the notion that he was struggling with drugs and that he died suddenly, that he died that way, was shocking to me.”
Reddick called Williams a “genuine guy” saying that “when I felt like I was floundering in my career, shortly after The Wire, I called him and he helped.
“And you don’t forget that.”
JOHN WICK 4
A day after Reddick talked about Williams’ death, the star, also known for his voice-acting in the video game Destiny 2, passed away himself.
Reddick was doing the interview for SiriusXM to promote the new film in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 4.
Fans noticed Reddick’s absence from the red-carpet premiere of John Wick 4 in New York City on Wednesday, although it is unknown why he missed the event.
Reddick played Charon the concierge in the John Wick franchise, along with co-stars Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane.
Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski released a joint statement dedicating John Wick: Chapter 4 to the late actor.
The statement read: “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” per Entertainment Weekly.
They added: “He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family, and friends.
“We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.”
Reddick appeared in TV shows including, Fringe, Bosch, Oz, and Lost.
The late star is also known for voice-acting characters in a plethora of video games including Commander Zavala in Destiny 2, Martin Hatch in Quantum Break, Sylens in Horizon Zero Dawn, and Horizon Forbidden West.
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