Lance Reddick was 60 years old at the time of death
Lance Reddick died at the age of 60 (Image courtesy- Getty images)

Lance Reddick, the star of John Wick, died unexpectedly on Friday at the age of 60. Mia Hansen, his publicist, confirmed his tragic death in a statement, citing natural causes as the reason for the actor passing away at his Los Angeles home.

He had recently completed interviews for his role in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released next week. But, he declined to attend the film’s New York premiere earlier this week.

However, conspiracy theorists have jumped back on the anti-vaccine bandwagon, claiming that Lance Reddick died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Netizens suspect Lance Reddick died after COVID-19 vaccination

Lance Reddick with Keanu Reaves
Lance Reddick with Keanu Reaves (Image courtesy- Getty Images)

Keanu and Chad issued a statement in response to Lance’s death, expressing their sadness and heartbreak at the loss of Reddick, a friend and colleague. They went on to say, “He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.

However, Lance Reddick’s untimely death sparked online fear and speculation about the COVID-19 vaccine. @skinz_x, a Twitter user, questioned how the actor died naturally when he was a “perfectly healthy 60-year-old.”

In recent time, deaths that are sudden and come without an immediate explanation lead to conspiracy theorists blaming the COVID-19 vaccine and trending hashtags #diedsuddenly or the misspelt hashtag #diedsuddendly on Twitter.

The user stated that they would not be surprised to learn of a “heart problem,” and that such issues are allegedly linked to the vaccine.

The anti-vax movement has seized onto law enforcement’s statement that Reddick’s death “appeared to have been caused by natural causes.” It would be unusual for someone 60 years old and in apparent good health to die suddenly of natural causes. 

However, Twitter user @/amuse claimed that there is “no evidence that his death was caused by vaccine injury.” Sources close to the late actor have made no mention of him being vaccinated or his death being linked to the vaccine.

However, officials have ruled out any sort of “accidents” after the vaccination. Simply put, a “natural” death is one caused by an internal factor that causes the body or certain key parts to shut down. We don’t know what that is in terms of Reddick at this time and any claim to the contrary is speculative. One can only conclude from the police statement that there was no external cause of death, such as a traumatic injury or violence.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, attributing the cause of death to the COVID-19 vaccine in cases like Reddick’S contradicts the factual, aggregated evidence that has accumulated since the vaccine’s rollout in December 2020.

Billions of shots have been administered worldwide since December 2020. If vaccination increased mortality, people would have expected to see higher excess mortality in regions with higher vaccination coverage from December 2020 to the present. However, this was not the case.

Other celebrities and netizens are heartbroken 

Reddick’s fans and fellow celebrities are upset due to his untimely demise. They took to Twitter to express their gratitude and sorrow.

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