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Lance Reddick, an actor in the popular HBO series The Wire, has died aged 60, according to US media outlets.

Reddick was also known for starring as Charon in the John Wick action-thriller movie franchise.

The musician and actor died suddenly of natural causes on Friday in his Los Angeles home, his publicist said.

Police were called to the actor’s house around 0930 local time (1330 GMT), Reddick’s publicist told US media.

“Lance will be greatly missed,” his publicist, Mia Hansen, said in a statement. “Please respect his family’s privacy at this time.”

Reddick had been in the middle of a press tour for the fourth instalment of the John Wick movies.

Reddick, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, played the role of Charon, the hotel concierge at a New York criminal underground hub, The Continental Hotel, in the John Wick movies. He appeared in the original movie, its two sequels and was set to appear in the fourth instalment.

The actor was also known for playing Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels in The Wire, a series that ran from 2002 to 2008, which examined the narcotics scene in Baltimore from the perspective of law enforcement as well as drug dealers and users.

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