Lance Solomon Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dorothy Gee and Solomon Reddick. He attended Friends School of Baltimore. As a teenager, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and a summer program teaching music theory and composition at the Walden School. Reddick studied classical music composition at University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1980s. Reddick attended the Yale School of Drama in the early 1990s, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.
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Reddick died from natural causes at age 60 on March 17, 2023, at home in Los Angeles. Tributes were paid by colleagues and friends, including Reddick’s The Wire co-stars Wendell Pierce and Isiah Whitlock Jr., The Wire creator David Simon, and his John Wick co-stars Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane. Players of the games Destiny and Destiny 2 visited Reddick’s character, Commander Zavala, standing vigil or using in-game emotes to salute him.
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OTHER NOTABLE MUSICIANS’ DEATHS
Note that we’re still having people die of COVID. Our resident medical specialist says that COVID is a very real thing and the variants are difficult to watch out for! If you want to know more about any of the musicians we lost, please check them out at http://www.wikipedia.com
22: Wayne Swinny, 59, American guitarist (Saliva), brain hemorrhage.
21: Oleksandr Kozarenko, 59, Ukrainian composer, pianist and musicologist, COVID-19.
20: Dmitry Nova, 34, Russian musician (Cream Soda), drowned; Anita Thallaug, 85, Norwegian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963) and actress (Blonde in Bondage, I moralens navn); Virginia Zeani, 97, Romanian operatic soprano.
18: Sverre Valen, 97, Norwegian choir conductor, founder of the Sandefjord Girls Choir.
17: Fuzzy Haskins, 81, American Hall of Fame singer (Parliament-Funkadelic); Fito Olivares, 75, Mexican cumbia musician; Lance Reddick, 60, American actor (The Wire, Fringe, John Wick) and musician; Mick Slattery, 77, British guitarist (Hawkwind).
16: Tony Coe, 88, English jazz musician; Emmanuelle Mottaz, 59, French singer and screenwriter (Hélène et les Garçons).
15: Théo de Barros, 80, Brazilian composer and musician (Quarteto Novo); Daniel Bourgue, 86, French horn player.
Photo: Lance Reddick