Keanu Reeves has paid an emotional tribute to co-star Lance Reddick after the actor passed away suddenly.
According to Reddick’s publicist, the 60-year-old ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ star died from natural causes on Friday morning.
Hollywood stars, producers, and directors have since taken to social media to pay the “dedicated” and “consummate” entertainer a tribute.
Among them were The Matrix star Keanu Reeves, who plays the namesake character in the beloved franchise, and director Chad Stahelski.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” the pair expressed in a joint statement.
“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.”
Meanwhile, John Wick co-star Ian McShane posted: “Total shock and disbelief. Lance was a wonderful human being and a wonderful colleague. My deepest condolences, peace and love to his wife, Stephanie, and all his family.”
Lionsgate, a studio behind the popular franchise, said: “The world of Wick would not be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and unflappable charisma.
“Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our lovely, joyful friend and Concierge. We’re stunned and heartbroken, and our deepest condolences go to his beloved family and his fans all around the world.”
Paying a tribute to the 60-year-old entertainer who racked up 112 acting credits during his long career were also the people who worked with him on The Wire.
“A man of great strength and grace. 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,” co-star Wendell Pierce said.
“Consummate professional, devoted collaborator, lovely and gentle man, loyal friend. Could go on, but no, I can’t go on. This is gutting. And way, way, way too soon,” The Wire creator David Simon added.
Reddick is survived by his wife and two children. Our thoughts remain with his family during this challenging time.