‘The Wire’ Actor Michael K. Williams Died Of Drug Overdose, Autopsy Confirms

Michael K. Williams died of an accidental drug overdose, an autopsy concluded, with “The Wire’ actor suffering acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

The 54-year-old Williams, best known for his role as Omar Little, was found dead on Monday, September 6, by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment.

Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, police said.

His death came as a shock to fans, co-stars and especially his close family.

“He was loved,” nephew Arvance Williams said. “Always smiling, always happy, always dancing.”

‘Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams remembered as ‘genuine, giving and courageous’

Williams was open about his battle with drug addiction and called it an everyday struggle. He was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in “Lovecraft County.”

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“A lot of people think that when a person puts down the drugs or the alcohol that all the problems go away,” he once said. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. Drugs and alcohol are not the problem. They are merely symptoms of the problem.”

His family was shocked and devastated.

“Mike was the kind of person, he would fall and get back up, he was always trying to do better,” Arvance Williams said

Another nephew, Booker T. Williams, said his uncle “did everything in his power to show love.”

“My family loves him,” he said. “He loved our family, our community.”

Williams appeared in all five seasons of “The Wire” from 2002 to 2008, his character growing in prominence with each season.

As Little, he played a criminal with a strict moral code, known for taking advantage of a reputation for brutality that wasn’t always real. The character also broke TV ground as an openly gay man whose sexuality wasn’t central to his role.

‘The Wire’ Actor Michael K. Williams Died Of Drug Overdose, Autopsy Confirms

Reactions started pouring in across social media as news of Williams’ death spread.

“Michael K. Williams tried to fix an often broken world,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “He was generous, kind and stood with those fighting for justice. His work, particularly his role in ‘The Wire,’ was unforgettable and in its own way, life-affirming. We’re keeping all who loved him in our hearts tonight.”

Williams was also a ubiquitous character actor in other shows and films for more than two decades, including roles on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country,” and in the films “12 Years a Slave” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

He is currently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” A win at the September 19 ceremony would be his first in five nominations, surprisingly none of them for “The Wire.”

HBO released the following statement:

“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.”

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