Michael K. Williams, best known for his role in The Wire, has passed away, a rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Michael K. Williams Dies at Age 54
‘Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams found dead in Brooklyn apartment.
A law enforcement source told the New York Post on Monday September 6 that Michael Kenneth Williams—whose extensive and prestigious credits include The Wire and Lovecraft Country—was found by his nephew in the living room of the actor’s Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon. Sources tell the Post that drug paraphernalia was found at Williams’ apartment, reportedly pointing to the possibility of an overdose related to heroin or fentanyl.
“No foul play indicated,” a police source reportedly said. “No forced entry, the apartment was in order.”
Williams was a regular on many acclaimed HBO series, including “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Night Of” and 2020’s “Lovecraft Country.” He also acted in many acclaimed films including “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”
The actor’s work often attracted awards attention, including three Emmy nods for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his work in “When They See Us,” “The Night Of” and “Bessie.” He’s currently in Emmy contention for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on “Lovecraft Country.”
In addition to his acting, Williams had also branched out to nonfiction storytelling, notably hosting and executive producing a 2016 docuseries for VICELAND called “Black Market with Michael K. Williams.”
Michael K Williams recent gave a tribute to DMX back in June at the BET Awards.