Lance Reddick's Lawyer Disputes Cause of Death Report: 'Wholly Inconsistent with His Lifestyle'

Attorney James Hornstein issued a statement to PEOPLE calling previous reporting that heart disease caused Reddick's death "not corroborated and inconsistent with the facts known to the family"

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The cause of death for actor Lance Reddick has been declared — and quickly disputed.

According to a report by by TMZ early Thursday, the outlet obtained a copy of Reddick's death certificate concluding that he died of ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.

Hours later, Reddick's attorney James Hornstein issued a statement to PEOPLE.

"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," read the statement.

"Lance was the most physically fit person I've ever known," Hornstein continued. "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. 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 statement concluded, "On behalf of Stephanie Reddick, the death certificate information is not corroborated and is inconsistent with the facts known to the family."

TMZ's report additionally reported that that Reddick, who was 60, will be cremated — though Hornstein did not comment on that matter."

Related:Lance Reddick's Wife Stephanie Says He 'Was Taken from Us Far Too Soon' in Tribute After His Death

The actor., who starred in series like The Wire and Bosch, was found dead in his home on March 17.

The actor's reps shared this statement: "Acclaimed actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes."

"Lance was best known for his roles in The Wire, Bosch, Netflix's Resident Evil and the John Wick films," the statement continued.

"He is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick," it noted. "Lance will be greatly missed. Please respect his family's privacy at this time."

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The day before his death, the actor shared a sweet Instagram post about his four dogs.

In it, he was seen sitting on a couch with his pets surrounding him. The post was a sponsorship with his upcoming film John Wick 4, which is set to be released exactly one week after his death, and Hard Rock hotels. "On screen and off, it's no surprise I love spoiling my dogs," he wrote in the caption.

The comments on the post were flooded quickly after Reddick's death was first reported, with fans offering grief and condolences to the actor's loved ones.

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In addition to playing Cedric Daniels in The Wire and Charon in the John Wick series, Reddick was known for his television roles in Bosch, Resident Evil, Lost and Oz, and film credits including Godzilla vs. Kong, One Night in Miami, White House Down and The Guest, among others.

At the time of his death, Reddick had a list of projects in development including his role of Zeus in 2024's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the Jack Harlow-led White Men Can't Jump reboot, Shirley, St. Sebastian and the John Wick spinoff Ballerina.

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