Brad William Henke’s latest post to be revealed after the ex-NFL player and Orange is the New Black star’s mysterious death at the age of 56

BRAD William Henke’s latest Instagram post came in the wake of the ex-NFL player and actor’s mysterious death at the age of 56.

Henke hasn’t been very active on social media in recent months and his most recent post showed him doing jiujitsu in a garage.

Brad William Henke was a former NFL player and actor


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 in his closing message on the platform Aug. 13.

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

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

The post was flooded with messages from fans sharing their heartbreak over Henke’s death.

Former NFL player and Orange is the New Black star dies aged 56
Orange Is The New Black and Dexter actor Brad William Henke has died aged 56

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

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

“You were so incredibly talented. This is heartbreaking,” said a third.


Henke’s family announced that he passed away on November 29.

He died in his sleep and a cause of death was not disclosed.

“Brad was an incredibly kind man with happy energy,” his manager told TMZ.

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

“Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”


Henke took to social media to talk about his health challenges over the past few years.

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

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

He reminded fans to get annual checkups as his doctor was the one who told him to get his arteries checked.

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

“And I will take advantage of it.”


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

Before he began his acting career, however, 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 took up acting.

He started out with a commercial and guest appearances on ET, Chicago Hope, Silk Stockings, Nash Bridges and Arli$$, Deadline reported.

Henke starred in a series called Nikki with Nikki Cox from 2000 to 2002.

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

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

Eventually he was cast as Tony Tucci for Dexter.

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

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


Henke is survived by his wife Sonja, stepson Aaden and stepdaughter named Leasa.

Henke also had a grandchild named Amirah.

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

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His father Bill predeceased him.

Henke was previously married to Katelin Chesna from 2001 to 2008. Brad William Henke’s latest post to be revealed after the ex-NFL player and Orange is the New Black star’s mysterious death at the age of 56


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