Michael K. Williams has died. The 5-time Emmy nominee was found dead in the living room of his apartment in Kent Avenue.
5-Time Emmy Nominee Michael K. Williams Dies Of Drug Overdose
Five-time Emmy nominee, Michael Kenneth Williams of “The Wire” died on Monday morning.
Discovered by his nephew the same afternoon, he was in the living room inside his New York penthouse apartment of an apparent overdose.
At this time, officials believe that heroin laced with fentanyl is the suspected cause of his death.
Drug paraphernalia was discovered in his luxury high-rise apartment, according to the NYPD.
Other than that, the house was reportedly undisturbed, “no foul play indicated” and “no forced entry, the apartment was in order.”
Announced by a representative for Williams, the statement reads –
“”It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.
“They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
Known for his role as Omar Little (who robs drug dealers) on HBO’s “The Wire”, Williams has been nominated for 5 Emmys.
Currently, an Emmy nominee, the 54-year old is up for best actor for his role in “Lovecraft Country”.
Among other roles, fans have enjoyed his performances in many roles, including –
- Boardwalk Empire
- Twelve Years A Slave
- When They See Us
- Gone Baby Gone
- The Incredible Hulk
- The Sopranos
- Law and Order
He won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie –
- Bessie in 2015
- The Night Of in 2016
- When They See Us in 2019
No stranger to the drug scene, Michael has been open about his struggles.
Once, he recalled stumbling into a church to ask for help –
“When I came through those doors, I was broken. This was, I would say, around the … third season of ‘The Wire,’
“I was on drugs. … I was in jeopardy of destroying everything I had worked so hard for”
Michael K. Williams was 54 years old. He had one child.