‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York apartment on Monday. The 54-year-old died after making a call to emergency operators, confirmed the New York Police Department. The cause of his death is still under investigation, however, it is believed it was a potential drug overdose. The Emmy nominated actor had a history of drug use and had come clean about his struggles in the past. He was also an activist and was involved in helping his community.
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His body was discovered by his nephew in his Brooklyn apartment. Williams’ family in a statement announced his death. They asked for privacy in this difficult time.
He was best known for his remarkable work in ‘The Wire’. He played the beloved character of Omar Little, a shotgun-wielding man, who made his living robbing drug dealers. He also appeared on the HBO mob drama “Boardwalk Empire,” and was nominated for Emmy Awards for his role in “Lovecraft Country.”
His death prompted an outpour of grief, and tributes from his colleagues, friends and fans. HBO took to Twitter to express its condolences and said his death is an “immeasurable loss.” Author Stephen King wrote: “Horrible, sad and unbelievable to think we’ve lost the fantastically talented Michael.”
He appeared in many films including, Gone Baby Gone, The Road, Snitch, 12 Years A Slave, Inherent Vice, Triple 9, Ghostbusters, and Motherless Brooklyn.