‘The Wire’ actor Michael Okay. Williams discovered lifeless in Brooklyn condo, police say
BROOKLYN – An actor best known for his work on The Wire was found dead Monday in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment.
According to police, 54-year-old Michael K. Williams, who played the character Omar Little, was discovered by a family member.
According to the authorities, drug paraphernalia were found at the scene. The NYPD says his death is being investigated as a possible overdose.
His death came as a shock to fans, co-stars, and most importantly, his close family.
“He was loved, always smiling, always happy, always dancing,” said nephew Arvance Williams.
Williams was open about his fight against drug addiction and called it an everyday fight.
“Mike was the kind of person he’d fall and get up, he was always trying to do better,” said Arvance Williams.
Another nephew, Booker T. Williams, said his uncle “did everything in his power to show love”.
Williams appeared on all five seasons of “The Wire” from 2002 to 2008, with his character growing in importance with each season.
As Little, he played a criminal with a strict moral code known for exploiting his reputation for brutality that wasn’t always real. The character has also gained a foothold on television as an openly gay man whose sexuality was not the focus of his role.
The reaction began on social media when news of Williams’ death spread.
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
Please God no. I can’t take this pain Death cannot be so normal.
– Brothers. Question (@questlove) September 6, 2021
All I want from black entertainers is that they can grow old.
– Roy Wood Jr – Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) September 6, 2021
He was proud of the artist he had become and asked for my advice long after it exceeded any suggestion I might have shared. Always true, never false. The nicest people. Like two mischievous children, we laughed and joked whenever we met. Like Baltimore years ago pic.twitter.com/d68eaSb8rL
– Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021
😩😓😓I’m not going to lie, it totally wrecked me !! Michael K Williams was a solid guy. He was so nice to me when we did Ghostbusters and we connected on many levels !! Hell, I just thought the next time I saw him I’d tell him how stupid he is of an actor. Rest in life bro! pic.twitter.com/OwYlO84FyX
– Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) September 6, 2021
Williams grew up in East Flatbush at Vanderveer Estates NYCHA, now known as Flatbush Gardens. He was the co-founder and advocate of We Build the Block.
“He loved the community, he loved Brooklyn, he loved New York,” said Arvance Williams.
“Michael K. Williams tried to fix a world that was often broken,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “He was generous, kind, and stood up for those who fought for justice. His work, especially his role on ‘The Wire’, was memorable and life-affirming in its own way. We keep in our hearts all who loved him tonight. “
Brooklyn-born Williams was also a ubiquitous character actor in other shows and films for more than two decades, including roles in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country,” as well as in the films “12 Years a Slave” and “Conviction.” an assassin. “
HBO released the following statement:
“We are devastated to learn of the death of Michael Kenneth Williams, who has been a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years. While the world is aware of his immense talent as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend, the one of all who had the privilege of working with him. We extend our deep condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss. “
CLOCK | Interview with Michael K. Williams on “Here and Now”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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