‘The Wire’ star Michael K Williams found dead
Published: 09:34 AM, 7 September 2021 Updated: 09:36 AM, 7 September 2021
Michael K Williams
US actor Michael K Williams, best known for starring in HBO drama series "The Wire", has been found dead in his New York apartment.
US media quote law enforcement sources as saying the 54-year-old actor died from a suspected drug overdose. This has not been officially confirmed.
Williams - who was nominated for three Emmy Awards - had openly discussed his struggles with drugs over the years.
In The Wire, he played Omar Little, a gay, streetwise robber of drug gangs. The series became one of the most popular shows on television and ran
through five seasons from 2002 until 2008.
He was also known for playing Albert "Chalky" White, a powerful gangster, in the Prohibition period TV series Boardwalk Empire.
New York Police Department spokesman John Grimpel said police went to Williams's Brooklyn apartment after receiving an emergency call at 14:00 local time on Monday (18:00 GMT).
Fellow actors and filmmakers have been paying tribute on social media.
In a statement, HBO TV network, which aired 60 episodes of The Wire between 2002 and 2008, said: "We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years.
"While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss."
Born in New York in 1966, Williams began his career as a dancer and performed with Madonna and George Michael before moving into acting, with companies including the prestigious National Black Theatre Company.