Renowned US Actor Michael K Williams, 54, Dies of Drug Overdose

On Monday afternoon, Michael K. Williams, who played the infamous role of Omar Little in “The Wire”, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his apartment.

By Vaishali Pandey/ The Newster

Michael K Williams

Michael K Williams, who played famous hoodlum Omar Little on “The Wire”, was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his NYC’s Brooklyn penthouse on Monday afternoon, according to law enforcement sources.

Williams, 54, was discovered face-down and unconscious in his luxurious Williamsburg pad dining room, with what was suspected to be heroin on the kitchen table, according to sources.

Williams was supposed to attend a function on Saturday but never showed up, according to reports. A relative of the Emmy-winning actor spoke with him on Friday.

Speaking in his suuden demise, premium television network HBO said, “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years. While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”

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According to his official biography, Williams, a four-time Emmy nominee, began his professional career as a professional dancer when he was 22 years old.

He rose through the ranks of Harlem’s renowned National Black Theatre Company and other prominent institutions before making his feature film debut “Bullet” with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur in 1996.

According to his IMDb profile, Williams had 111 acting credits. He’ll be seen in the upcoming movies “892” and “Surrounded.”

Williams was recognised for crucial pieces in HBO programmes such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country”. He has starred in oscar-winning films including “12 Years a Slave,” “The Road,” and “Inherent Vice.”

But it was his portrayal of Omar in The Wire show that aired for five seasons from 2002 to 2008, which is frequently considered as one of the best television shows of all time, that secured his place in American film history.

William also run a nonprofit organisation “Making Kids Win”, that aims to assist young men and women in obtaining education and opportunities that will keep them out of harm’s path, including gun violence and jail.

Condolences pour in for Michael K Williams

We here at The Newster are with the fans and family of the great actor and human being in this incomparable loss. MAY HE REST IN PEACE!


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