Michael K Williams, an actor best known for his role as Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little on The Wire, has died at the age of 54.
“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 insurmountable loss,” said his longtime rep, Marianna Shafran.
Michael K Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday afternoon, a New York Police Department rep told media. It is being suggested that he died of a drug overdose as investigators found drug paraphernalia near his body. However, the official cause of death was not provided by authorities.
The late actor Emmy award nominations for several roles, including this year for his turn in “Lovecraft Country” and also in 2015, when he played the husband of the blues singer Bessie Smith in the film “Bessie.”
He was also nominated for 2016’s “The Night Of” and for “When They See US” in 2019, about a group of young Black men wrongly accused of rape in Central Park in the 1980s.
However, the most important role for Michael K Williams was probably playing the character of Omar Little in HBO’s The Wire, making him an almost iconic figure in the television industry.