Michael K. Williams best known for his starring role on The Wire was found dead inside of his Brooklyn penthouse Monday afternoon.
Williams was found unresponsive in the dining room area of his apartment and it may have been heroine on the kitchen table according to reports.
The actor was found by his nephew around 2 pm. Williams was reportedly pronounced dead at 2:12 pm and appeared to have overdosed.
“No foul play indicated,” a police source said. “No forced entry, the apartment was in order.”
The Brooklyn native who was a 2021 Emmy Award nominee for his supporting role in Lovecraft Country, is most known for his role as Omar Little in the critically acclaimed The Wire series and as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire. He was open about struggling with drug addiction and being able to relate and embody the role of Omar Little, a fearless stick-up man who stole money from drug dealers, because of this.
Back in 2016, the highly regarded actor told NPR a time when he desperately needed help to the point of stumbling into a church looking to get a hold on his addiction.
“When I came through those doors, I was broken. … This was, I would say, around the … third season of ‘The Wire,’ ” Williams said.
“I was on drugs. … I was in jeopardy of destroying everything I had worked so hard for, and I came in those doors, and I met a man who had never even heard of ‘The Wire,’ much less watched it,” he said, referring to the pastor.
“I wrote my full name down — Michael Kenneth Williams — and in the office, [the pastor] turns around, and he says, ‘So what do you want to be called, man?’ I said, ‘Well, you know, my name is Michael, but I could do Mike.’ He says, ‘Why does everybody say, ‘Omar, Omar’s in trouble?’ ”And I was like, ‘Oh, this dude is clueless [about the show],’” Williams said.
We send our deepest condolences to Michael K. Williams’ family and friends. As a person who took his craft very seriously, and has left an astounding impact in the entertainment industry, he will truly be missed.