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Brad William Henke’s latest message revealed after former NFL and Orange player is New Black star’s mysterious death at 56

BRAD William Henke’s latest Instagram post has come to light following the mysterious death of the former NFL player and actor at 56.

Henke hadn’t been very active on social media in recent months and his last post showed him doing “jiujitsu” in a garage.


Brad William Henke was a former NFL player and actorCredit: Instagram/bradwilliamhenke
Henke hasn't been on social media for months


Henke hasn’t been on social media for monthsCredit: Instagram/bradwilliamhenke

“Saturday morning jujutsu in my garage,” the actor wrote on August 13 in his final post on the platform.

“Hope you’re all well – I’m going to try not to watch Instagram for a month because I’m wasting too much time looking at the reels.”

The Orange is the New Black star posted a training selfie, along with photos of her dogs, which appear to be a Labrador and an Australian Shepherd.

The post was flooded with messages from fans who shared their grief over Henke’s death.

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“So many fur babies…have lost their daddy…and we have lost a great actor and a wonderful person,” one wrote. “Rest in peace.”

“This can’t be true!!! I’m so heartbroken,” said another.

“You were incredibly talented. It’s heartbreaking,” said a third.


Henke’s family announced that he died on November 29.

He died in his sleep and the cause of death has not been released.

“Brad was an incredibly nice guy with a cheerful energy,” his manager told TMZ.

“A very talented actor, he loved being part of this community…and we loved him back.

“Our hearts go out to his wife and family.”


Henke took to social media to discuss his health struggles over the past few years.

In May 2021, he revealed in an Instagram video that he “survived a 90% blockage” of his artery.

“I could have had a heart attack a day, but I just fixed it,” he said.

He reminded fans to get an annual medical checkup, as it was his doctor who told him to have his arteries checked.

“The rest of my time on this planet is a gift,” he said.

“And I will enjoy it.”


Colorado native Henke is probably best known for his roles on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and Dexter.

However, before his acting career started, he played football at the University of Arizona and was drafted by the New York Giants in 1989.

He played for the Denver Broncos before retiring in 1994.

After leaving the NFL, he started playing.

He got his start doing a commercial and guesting on ET, Chicago Hope, Silk Stockings, Nash Bridges and Arli$$, Deadline reported.

Henke starred in a show called Nikki, starring Nikki Cox, from 2000 to 2002.

Henke took on other roles in CSI, Crossing Jordan and Judging Amy.

He has also worked on The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Must Love Dogs, The Zodiac, North Country, World Trade Center and Hollywood films.

Finally, he was cast as Tony Tucci on Dexter.

He then played Bram on Lost from 2009 to 2010, and from 2016 to 2018 he played Desi Piscatella, a gay prison officer, on Orange is the New Black.

Most recently, he worked on Law & Order: SVU and the 2022 films Block Party and Run & Gun, according to Deadline.


Henke leaves behind his wife Sonja, his stepson Aaden and his stepdaughter named Leasa.

Henke also had a grandson named Amirah.

He is also survived by his mother Tammy and his sister Annette.

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His father Bill predeceased him.

Henke was previously married to Katelin Chesna from 2001 to 2008.


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