American actor Michael K. Williams, was found dead in his New York apartment on Monday, aged 54.
According to reports Williams was discovered by a family member at his penthouse in Williamsburg. Drug paraphernalia was also found, indicating a possible overdose.
A police source allegedly told reporter that “no foul play” was suspected.
Williams was perhaps best known for playing Omar Little in HBO’s “The Wire.” He also played Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire,” another popular HBO series.
The Emmy-nominated actor also starred in HBO’s “The Night Of” and 2020’s “Lovecraft Country,” for which he received an Emmy nod for outstanding supporting actor, Variety reported. His film appearances included “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”
Born in New York City and raised in the East Flatbush neighbourhood of Brooklyn, his break in the entertainment industry had come through his work as a dancer, where he worked and toured with the likes of Madonna, Tupac and George Michael.
Williams, a father of one, was nominated for an Emmy on five occasions, including in this year’s Primetime Emmy awards for his role in Lovecraft County.
His last major performance was at the 2021 BET Awards, where he gave a powerful tribute to rapper DMX, who died in April.
News of Williams’ death quickly spread on social media Monday, prompting reactions from fans and fellow actors.