Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug poisoning, which was called an accidental death by forensic doctors in New York City on Friday.
Williams is best known for his role as Omar Little on “The Wire”. He was nominated this year for an Emmy Award. On September 6, he was found with fentanyl in his body. He also had heroin, cocaine and Ni.
Williams, 54 years old, was found dead inside his penthouse apartment by his family. Police said that they believed Williams had overdosed.
The chief forensic office of the city refused to comment. Williams’ representative left an inquiry for comment.
Williams has spoken out candidly about his struggles with drug addiction in interviews over the years. This struggle has been present since Williams’s fame on “The Wire” during the 2000s.
He told the Newark Star that he was playing with fire in 2012. “It was only a matter if it wasn’t already that I would be caught. My business was published in the tabloids. I was also sent to jail. Or worse, I ended up dying. I can’t remember why I wasn’t placed in a body bag.
Dermot Shea, New York’s Police Commissioner, said that he had spoken earlier this year with Williams about working with them in community outreach.
Williams has been working closely with a charity based in New Jersey to help former prisoners reintegrate into society. A documentary is being produced on the subject. Another project involves direct contact to young people at-risk.
Williams stated to the Associated Press last summer: “You saw this about me in Hollywood. I’m going through that.” “Because this is where I feel my passion lies, and that should be my goal.
Omar is a Baltimore-based drug dealer gangster. From 2002 to 2008, he was very popular with HBO viewers who watched “Wire of Fire”.
From 2010 to 2014, Williams played Chalky White on HBO’s “Empire of the Seaside”. He also appeared in the films “Twelve Years as a Slave”, and “Assassin’s Creed”.
Williams was nominated this year for supporting actor in HBO’s series “Lovecraft Country”, but lost to the “Crown” star on Sunday.
Williams was also remembered during the “memorial” part of the ceremony.