The Wire Star Michael K. Williams Dead at 54

Michael K Williams: The Wire star remembered as ‘a fine man and a rare talent’

Michael K. Williams — best known for his breakout role as Omar Little on “The Wire” — is dead from a suspected drug overdose.

According to law enforcement sources … Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday after a relative hadn’t heard from him in a couple days and went to check on him.

News of the 54-year-old’s death triggered an outpouring of grief among fans and former colleagues when the news broke out on Monday afternoon. Williams won widespread acclaim as Omar Little, a gay Baltimore armed robber, in The Wire and also appeared in dramas and film including Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave and Lovecraft Country.

The actor’s representative said it was “with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.”

The Wire became one of the most popular shows on television and ran for five seasons from 2002 until 2008.

Williams was also well-known for the role of Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Singer Mariah Carey shared a picture of herself with Williams, describing him as “a beautiful soul, a beautiful person”. She added: “I’ll miss you always. Thank you for blessing us with your talent.”

The actor discussed his personal struggles with drugs over the years, even when he was starring in The Wire.

“I was playing with fire,” he said in an interview with news website NJ.com in 2012.

“It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail – or worse.”

Williams was a 5-time Emmy nominee, and when we last saw him we had a good convo about his nom for ‘Lovecraft.’

He is survived by his son, Elijah.

Williams was 54.


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