'The Wire' actor Michael K. Williams died of drug overdose, autopsy confirms

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BROOKLYN -- Michael K. Williams died of an accidental cause overdose, an autopsy concluded, with "The Wire' histrion suffering acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

The 54-year-old Williams, champion known for his relation arsenic Omar Little, was recovered dormant connected Monday, September 6, by household members successful his Brooklyn penthouse apartment.

Drug paraphernalia was recovered astatine the scene, constabulary said.

His decease came arsenic a daze to fans, co-stars and particularly his adjacent family.

"He was loved," nephew Arvance Williams said. "Always smiling, ever happy, ever dancing."

'Wire' histrion Michael K. Williams remembered arsenic 'genuine, giving and courageous'

Williams was unfastened astir his conflict with cause addiction and called it an mundane struggle. He was precocious nominated for an Emmy Award for his relation successful "Lovecraft County."

"A batch of radical deliberation that erstwhile a idiosyncratic puts down the drugs oregon the intoxicant that each the problems spell away," helium erstwhile said. "That couldn't beryllium further from the truth. Drugs and intoxicant are not the problem. They are simply symptoms of the problem."

His household was shocked and devastated.

"Mike was the benignant of person, helium would autumn and get backmost up, helium was ever trying to bash better," Arvance Williams said.

Another nephew, Booker T. Williams, said his uncle "did everything successful his powerfulness to amusement love."

"My household loves him," helium said. "He loved our family, our community."

Williams appeared successful each 5 seasons of "The Wire" from 2002 to 2008, his quality increasing successful prominence with each season.

As Little, helium played a transgression with a strict motivation code, known for taking vantage of a estimation for brutality that wasn't ever real. The quality besides broke TV crushed arsenic an openly cheery antheral whose sexuality wasn't cardinal to his role.

Reaction started pouring successful crossed societal media arsenic quality of Williams' decease spread.

Shocked and saddened by the decease of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers connected the satellite with the biggest heart. An astonishing histrion and soul.
May you RIP. God bless.

— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) September 6, 2021

Please God No. I can’t instrumentality this pain. Death cannot beryllium this normal.

— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) September 6, 2021

All I privation for achromatic entertainers is for them to beryllium capable to turn old.

— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) September 6, 2021

He was arrogant of the creator helium had become, asking for my proposal agelong aft helium had surpassed immoderate incite I could person shared.Always truthful, ne'er inauthentic. The kindest of persons. Like 2 mischievous kids, we would laughter & gag whenever we would meet. Like Baltimore years agone pic.twitter.com/d68eaSb8rL

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

😩😓😓Not gonna prevarication this 1 fucked maine up y’all!! Micheal K Williams was a coagulated dude. He was truthful bully to maine erstwhile we did ghostbusters and we bonded connected galore levels!! Damn I was conscionable reasoning the adjacent clip I saw him I was gonna archer him however dope of an histrion helium is. Rest successful unrecorded Bro! pic.twitter.com/OwYlO84FyX

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 6, 2021

Williams was raised successful East Flatbush astatine the Vanderveer Estates lodging project, present known arsenic Flatbush Gardens. He was the co-founder and an advocator of "We Build the Block."

"He loved the community, helium loved Brooklyn, helium loved New York," Arvance Williams said.

"Michael K. Williams tried to hole an often breached world," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "He was generous, benignant and stood with those warring for justice. His work, peculiarly his relation successful 'The Wire,' was unforgettable and successful its ain way, life-affirming. We're keeping each who loved him successful our hearts tonight."

Williams was besides a ubiquitous quality histrion successful different shows and films for much than 2 decades, including roles connected the HBO bid "Boardwalk Empire" and "Lovecraft Country," and successful the films "12 Years a Slave" and "Assassin's Creed."

He is presently nominated for an Emmy for his relation successful HBO's "Lovecraft Country." A triumph astatine the September 19 ceremonial would beryllium his archetypal successful 5 nominations, amazingly nary of them for "The Wire."

HBO released the pursuing statement:

"We are devastated to larn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a subordinate of the HBO household for much than 20 years. While the satellite is alert of his immense talents arsenic an artist, we knew Michael arsenic a beloved person who was beloved by each who had the privilege to enactment with him. We nonstop our deepest condolences to his household for this immeasurable loss."

WATCH | Michael K. Williams interviewed connected 'Here and Now'

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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