Michael K. Williams, the actor best known for his role on “The Wire,” has passed away at the age of 54.
According to the New York Post, Williams was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York on Monday (Sept. 6). His nephew found his body in the living room of his home and drug paraphernalia was reportedly found at the scene.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” Marianna Shafran, his long-time PR, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Williams recently starred in the Emmy Award-nominated show “Lovecraft Country.” He received his fifth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role as Montrose Freeman. He was also Emmy-nominated for his roles in Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “When They See Us,” HBO’s “The Night Of,” and the film Bessie.
Just a few days ago, Williams was named to join Sony’s George Foreman biopic as trainer Doc Broadus, who trained the two-time world heavyweight champion. “Excited to be working with u bro @george_tillman,” he posted on Instagram as he announced his newest role.
Earlier this year, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for “Lovecraft Country.” Williams recently spoke to Essence about how he lets his characters choose him. “I made a decision very early on in my career that the two things I will go for when I’m asked to do a role is I will look for the truth and I will tell that truth with as much compassion and as much empathy as I can,” he told the outlet.
The REVOLT team would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Williams’ family and friends at this time. Rest in peace.