On Monday (Sept. 6), actor Michael K. Williams sadly passed away at the age of 54 and the tributes have started to pour in.
According to the New York Post, Williams was found dead in the living room of his apartment by his nephew in Brooklyn, New York on Monday. Drug paraphernalia was reportedly found at the scene, however, his cause of death is still unknown.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” Marianna Shafran, his long-time PR, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. “They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
Many of Williams’ friends took to social media to send their condolences to the late actor. “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K. Williams,” tweeted actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. “One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul. May you RIP. God bless.”
Pastor Stephen A. Green shared a photo of himself with the “Lovecraft Country” actor on Twitter, along with the caption, “Rest In Peace Michael K. Williams. Your commitment to our people and our struggle will not be forgotten.”
“Rest in Peace Michael K. Williams,” tweeted actor Damson Idris. “Gone far too soon. A man that taught me so much. Thank you for your wisdom.”
Comedian and actor Orlando Jones wrote, “Rest in Power Michael K. Williams. Prayers Up. Spirits shook. Pain immense. Keep your head up family. We’ll pull through, but first, let’s give this Black man every last one of his [flowers]. Hold on to the ones you [love].”
“One of Michael K. Williams’ greatest gifts as an actor was his ability to make you root for the villain,” tweeted sports journalist Taylor Rooks. “He made you care about stereotypically ‘bad’ characters because he knew how to tap into that complexity. That we are all more than just one thing. TV is better because of him.”
The REVOLT team is sending our condolences to Williams’ family and friends. May he rest in peace.