Michael K. Williams, the Hollywood actor popular for his role as Omar Little in the HBO series ‘The Wire’, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Monday, the police said.


It was gathered that Williams, 54, was found unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Williamsburg pad with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table.

Citing the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Associated Press reported that his death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose.

According to law-enforcement sources, drug paraphernalia was found in the five-time Emmy nominee’s apartment, suggesting that Williams may have fatally overdosed on heroin or fentanyl.


“No foul play indicated, No forced entry, the apartment was in order,” the police source said. 

In a statement, Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR, Williams longtime rep, wrote: “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.”

The actor was recently nominated for the 2021 Emmy Award nominee as best supporting actor for his role in ‘Lovecraft Country’.


Williams was born in Brooklyn on November 22, 1966.

In a 2017 interview with the New York Times, the deceased had open up about his personal struggles with drugs.

Williams had also revealed that his role in ‘The Wire’ affected him in real life.


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