By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Michael Williams, an actor best known for his role as Omar Little in The Wire is dead at 54. He was reportedly found dead by a relative in his apartment at Brooklyn.
The information released by the NYPD officials regarding his sudden demise said that: “Michael was found dead by a relative around 2pm today at his Kent Avenue apartment in Brooklyn.”
The cause of death is yet to be ascertained although his death is reportedly being investigated as a drug overdose after investigators discovered drug paraphernalia in his apartment.
While confirming the news of his death to the Hollywood Reporter, Williams’s representative said that: it was “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.”
Moments after the news hit Twitter, fans from different angles of life began to send in their heartfelt condolences.
“This is horrible. This breaks my heart. Truly a phenomenally talented actor. Such a loss. #RIPMichaelKWilliams.” One of the fans wrote.
“Incredible and very versatile actor. Always loved him, his role in boardwalk empire and the wire.”, another wrote.
Micheal Williams appeared as Albert “Chalky” White in the series Boardwalk Empire from 2010 to 2014. He received an Emmy nomination earlier this year for the role of Montrose Freeman in the series Lovecraft Country, and had appeared in films including 12 Years a Slave and Inherent Vice.
Williams was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to a Bahamian mother and an American father, He started his career as a dancer, working with artists such as George Michael, Missy Elliot, Ginuwine, and Madonna. One of his first acting roles was a part in the 1996 film Bullet alongside Tupac Shakur.