John Wick and The Wire star Lance Reddick has died at the age of 60, it has been confirmed.
On Friday, The Wire co-star Wendell Pierce paid tribute to the actor as “a man of great strength and grace” and described his death as a “sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family”.
“A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor,” he wrote in the heartfelt tribute.
“The epitome of class. An 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. RIP.”
The US actor played Charon in all four of the John Wick films, starring Keanu Reeves.
The last instalment of the series, John Wick: Chapter Four, is due for UK release next week, with Reddick completing a number of press appearances before his death.
Charon is the impassive hotel concierge at New York’s criminal underground hub, The Continental Hotel, in the high-octane thriller films.
Reddick began his screen career in the mid-1990s, with guest roles on series including The Nanny and New York Undercover, going on to big-screen roles in Great Expectations and The Siege.
He later landed the part of Cedric Daniels in the popular HBO drama The Wire, appearing in all 60 episodes alongside stars including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Michael K Williams and Pierce.
He was also known for his work on television show Fringe, Bosch and Lost, and lent his voice to animated shows including Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty.