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The sudden loss of actor Lance Reddick today has left countless reeling for words, but already memorials are taking place online. Soon after the news of Reddick’s passing, Destiny 2 players flocked to the game’s hub where the character he voiced for the past decade is still standing and have been honoring his memory and work.
If you load into the Tower today, it’s very likely that you’ll see players gathering around Zavala, kneeling and emoting to pay their respects to their fallen commander. Many members of the community, including Bungie staff, have been sharing their tributes and vigils to Reddick online.
Reddick made waves across TV starring in shows like The Wire and Fringe, and is perhaps most recently known for his supporting role as Charon in the John Wick series. In the world of games, he also played Commander Zavala, the stalwart leader of The Last City and its Guardians in Destiny. Zavala has, over the years, grown from a by-the-by commander into a fixture of the game, a fan-favorite character, and a sort of father figure to many, due in no small part to Reddick’s incredible performance, which has seen the character through momentous personal highs and lows. Earlier today, Bungie released a statement on Reddick’s passing, writing he was, “an iconic presence on screen” as well as someone who “radiated kindness that touched those around him.”
Since taking the role of Zavala, Reddick had even become a bit of regular in games, reprising his role as Charon in John Wick Hex and most prominently appearing in Horizon: Zero Dawn and Forbidden West.
Outside of Destiny, Reddick was also known as a pretty big fan of the game, one who actively played and engaged with its community even when he wasn’t explicitly doing press for it. Over the years, Reddick had uploaded many videos to Twitter responding to fan inquiries out of the blue, and even read lines for fans in Zavala’s voice just for the sake of it, earning him a sterling reputation with the Destiny 2 community.
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