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Lance Reddick’s Family Attorney Does Not Agree With His Supposed Cause Of Death

There’s a little bit of drama surrounding the death of ‘The Wire‘ actor, Lance Reddick. As most of you know, the 60-year-old star died unexpectedly inside his home in California back on March 17. It was a shock to his friends and family because Reddick was in incredible shape.

They were eager to get an official cause of death report, but now that they have it, they don’t agree with it. Reddick’s death certificate lists ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease as his cause of death.

You’ll find this cause of death listed on a lot of people’s death certificate because it’s the number one killer of adults in America.

Ischemic heart disease is also known as coronary artery disease or hardening of the arteries. Cholesterol plaque can build up in the arteries of the heart and cause ‘ischemia,’ which means the heart is not getting enough blood flow and oxygen. If the plaque blocks an artery, a heart attack can result.

Reddick’s family just can’t wrap their heads around this because the actor was in such great shape. He had a better body than most 30-year-olds.

His family’s attorney, James E. Hornstein, told the Los Angeles Times the following:

This is not a result of an autopsy, and is inconsistent with the facts known to the family. No autopsy was performed. And to my knowledge, no medical examination of Lance during his lifetime ever indicated such conditions. He was the most physically fit person I’ve ever known. He ate as if a dietitian was monitoring his every meal. The information appearing on the death certificate is wholly inconsistent with his lifestyle.

It is surprising that someone as fit as Reddick died from clogged arteries, but it can happen. Even the most physically fit person can have high cholesterol, either from a meat heavy diet, or just from high cholesterol running in their family.

It’s possible Reddick being in such great shape kinda hid some of the early symptoms of this disease. It could be one of those rare scenarios where being so fit actually contributed to this horrific incident.

But of course, this is all just speculation. Either way, it doesn’t make his death any easier. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.