The Wire actor Michael K. Williams has died at the age of 54.
Williams was found in his home in Brooklyn, New York, today (September 6) by his nephew, according to the New York Post.
Drug paraphernalia was reportedly found in Williams’ apartment, but no cause of death has been officially confirmed yet.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” the actor’s long-time representative Marianna Shafran told The Hollywood Reporter.
“They ask for your privacy while grieving this insurmountable loss.”
The actor was best known for his role as Omar Little in HBO series The Wire, which he first played in 2002 until 2008. Williams also starred in several episodes of Law & Order, and played Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire from 2010 to 2014.
Williams was nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Bobby McCray in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series When They See Us. The last role before his death was in Lovecraft Country as Montrose Freeman.
Tributes have started pouring in on social media, with American boxer Jamel Herring posting a picture of Williams and writing: “Rest in power, Michael K. Williams.”
Rest in power, Michael K. Williams 🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/RCK4rhBqFA
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) September 6, 2021
Isiah Whitlock Jr., who starred as Melvin in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and as Senator Clay Davis in The Wire alongside Williams, also paid his respects.
“Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams,” he wrote. “One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul. May you RIP. God bless.”
Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul.
May you RIP. God bless.
— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams was a god damn genius, a black queer icon who challenged the ideas of black masculinity at a time when it wasn’t easy and a truly great dude. A huge loss.
— Travon Free (@Travon) September 6, 2021
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