Michael K Williams, well known for his role in HBO’s show The Wire, was discovered dead in his New York residence. He was 54 years old at the time.
He died of a suspected drug overdose, according to law enforcement authorities in the United States. This has not been confirmed by the authorities.
Williams, who was nominated for three Emmy Awards, had previously spoken frankly about his drug addiction.
He portrayed Omar Little, a gay, streetwise drug gang robber on The Wire.
He was well recognized for his role as Albert “Chalky” White, a strong gangster in the TV series Boardwalk Empire, set during the Prohibition era.
Fellow actors and filmmakers have been paying tribute on social media.
“The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss,” The Wire co-star Wendell Pierce tweeted.
“A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth,” Pierce added.
“If he was in a scene he was the best thing about it. Period,” wrote actor Edward Norton, who worked with Williams on the 2019 film Motherless Brooklyn.