Michael K. Williams Found Dead
Popular Hollywood actor, Michael K. Williams, has been found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse.
Sources say the actor died of a drug overdose.
According to law enforcement agents, there was “No foul play indicated, No forced entry, the apartment was in order,” a Police source told the New York Post.
Williams was found dead in his apartment at Kent Avenue pad by his nephew.
The 2021 Emmy Award nominee as best supporting actor for “Lovecraft Country” — was famous for his role as Omar Little in the gritty TV series “The Wire,’’ and as Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire.’’
Before his death, Williams had been open about his personal struggles with drugs through the years, including during the filming of “The Wire,” saying that getting into the role of Little, who robs drug dealers, affected him in real life.
The acclaimed actor told NPR in 2016 that he once stumbled into a church in New Jersey desperately seeking help for 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].”