By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
American actor, Michael K. Williams on the 6th of September , was found unconscious and unresponsive by his nephew at his home in New York. He died at the age of 54.
The cause of his death has now been confirmed by the New York City Chief Medical Examiner.
Williams died barely two weeks to the Emmy award night. He was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He however , posthumously lost the award to Tobias Menzies.
On the award night, the Presenter, Kerry Washington didn’t fail to recognize the brilliant deceased actor.
“Michael was—so crazy to say, was—a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon,” Washington said.
“Michael, your excellence and artistry will endure. We love you. I know you are here because you wouldn’t miss it.”, she added.
It has now been confirmed that struggles from the overdose substance he consumed and also the acute intoxication from the “combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine” led to the actor’s death.
His manner of death is termed accidental.
Before Williams’ demise, his struggles with hard substances were all documented. In 2020, he spoke sincerely on succumbing to drugs at a very young age.
He said that as a teen, he was “plagued” by his sensitive personality, explaining, “It was one of the things that led me to attempt suicide. I was 17. I was lost. I was very awkward with the ladies. Drugs were there. And I was already self-medicating. And I just got lost. I just remember feeling like, ‘Eh, maybe the world will be better off without me.’ And I took a bottle of pills, woke up to my stomach being pumped.”
“You know,” Williams explained at the time, “as people of color in Hollywood, entertainment, a lot of times we don’t pay attention to the fact that we sell trauma. Some of our most wanting work is rooted—most of the time—in pain and trauma.
He also recounted that in 2012 that while starring in The Wire he found himself doing drugs “in scary places with scary people”. He however, added that he had taken “nothing stronger” than cocaine and marijuana.
Williams rose to fame for his role as Omar Little in HBO’s The Wire. He also acted as Albert “Chalky” White in the hit series Boardwalk Empire.