As reported by the New York Post, Williams was found in his Brooklyn penthouse today, September 6, and sources said that “drug-related accessories were found in the apartment of the five-time nominee. Emmy, suggesting the acclaimed 54-year-old actor may have been fatally OD, possibly from heroin or fentanyl. “
A police source confirmed that there was “no indictable offense” and “no forced entry”. In addition, it was said that “the apartment was in order”.
The Hollywood Reporter received a statement from Williams rep Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR.
“It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They are asking for your privacy while mourning this insurmountable loss, ”Shafran said.
Williams was perhaps best known for his role as Omar Little in HBO’s The Wire. In 2016, he spoke to NPR about his substance abuse issues, most notably while filming The Wire, which took him to a church in New Jersey in hopes he could get the help he needed.
“When I walked through those doors, I was broken. … It was, I would say, around… the third season of ‘The Wire’, ”Williams said. “” I was drugged. … I risked destroying everything I had worked so hard for, and I walked through those doors, and I met a man who had never even heard of ‘The Wire,’ much less watched. “
Williams also played Albert “Chalky” White in Boardwalk Empire, Jack Gee in Bessie, and has also appeared as a supporting actor in The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, and more. .
He received three Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Film Nominations for his performance in Bessie, The Night Of and When They See Us. He also earned his fifth Emmy nomination for his work as Montrose Freeman in HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
Williams was born in Brooklyn on November 22, 1966, and one of his first acting roles was acquired after being discovered by Tupac Shakur. He played High Top, the brother of Shakur’s Tank.
Williams is survived by his mother.
Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.