American actor Michael K Williams, a memorable star for his role in crime drama The Wire, was found dead in his Brooklyn home on Monday afternoon.
According to sources, Investigators found drug paraphernalia near his body, and probing into the scene is ongoing.
“It is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” his long-time representative Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR told The Hollywood reporter.
It is noted that in 2017, during an interview with the New York Times, Williams openly spoke about his struggles with substance abuse.
“Addiction doesn’t go away, it’s an everyday struggle for me, but I’m fighting,” he said.
Most recently, Williams portrayed Montrose Freeman on HBO’s Lovecraft country, for which he received a 2021 Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor, he has also appeared in the series “F is for Family.”
Williams, born in November 1966 in Brooklyn, started entertainment at around 22 years as a professional dancer and appeared in more than 50 music videos.
He is most known for his role as Omar Little on The Wire, a movie that runs for 5 seasons. President Barrack Obama said in 2021 that William’s portrayal of Omar was his favorite character on The Wire, adding “That guy is unbelievable,” in reference to William’s character.
His death came as a shock to fans, co-stars, and especially his close family.
“He was loved, always smiling, always happy, always dancing,” nephew Arvance Williams said. “Mike was the kind of person, who would fall and get back up, he was always trying to do better,” he added.
HBO released the following statement following his death:
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years. While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”