Famous actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his apartment. According to the law enforcement officer, Williams was found on the floor in his New York City residence on Monday afternoon. Initial research found narcotic apparatus near his bed. The probe is open-ended, according to different law enforcement specialists who talked to news reporters.
“It is with profound sadness that the family declares the passing of Emmy nominated star Michael Kenneth Williams. They request for your privacy while mourning this unsurmountable death,” his long-time representative Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR reported to The Hollywood Reporter. In a 2017 discussion with the New York Times, Williams talked candidly about his fights with substance exploitation.
HBO tweeted via their official page, “We are confounded to hear of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a part of the HBO house for more than 20 years. While the world is conscious of his tremendous abilities as an actor, people who identified Michael as a beloved colleague and they believed it was the privilege to work with his as a co star. We express our most heartfelt sympathies to his family for this immeasurable loss.”
He was known for his parody characters, including biology teacher Marshall Kane on ‘Community.’ Though he executed a minor part in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ his character was skipped after reshoots would have demanded he has to skirt short filming on the Netflix feature film called “The Red Sea Diving Resort.”
The star’s performance often brought awards recognition, comprising of three Emmy nominations for a notable supporting character in a short series or film for his performance in ‘When They See Us,’ ‘The Night Of’ and ‘Bessie.’ He is presently in Emmy nomination for leading support actor in a comedy series for his performance on “Lovecraft Country.”
Michael made his career-breaking role in 2002 as Omar Little in The Wire, David Simon’s critically-acknowledged crime web series. One of the program’s most lasting figures, ‘Omar Little’ was a sawed-off shotgun-toting Baltimore stickup gentleman. Omar is this dark-skinned frank man in the crook who did not mind what anyone conceived of him,” Williams told the New York Times newspaper interview in 2017. “He is everything I hoped I could be.”
The passion of his characters usually intensified his travails with narcotics, as he described in many discussions. He stated he was doing cocaine both during the performance of The Wire and The Night Of. “The roles that mean the most to me are the ones that damn near destroy me. It is a loss I have decided to do,” he explained during the NY Times.
“Obsession does not go away,” he stated at the time. “It is a daily fight for me, but I am battling.” He was known for his roles in many web series. Some include ‘The Wire,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘The Night Of’ and ‘Lovecraft Country.’ He also performed the role of Leonard on SundanceTV crime series Hap and Leonard. He also played the part of J.J. Abrams Alias. He also appeared in acclaimed movies including ‘Inherent Vice,’ 12 Years a Slave, ‘Gone Baby Gone, and ‘The Road.’
In appreciation to his performance in movies and web series, Williams had also branched out to nonfiction storytelling, prominently entertaining and executive composing a 2016 documentary series for Viceland called Black Market With Michael K. Williams. The shooting of season 2 of this show did complete before the demise of the actor.
Williams was born and brought up in Brooklyn. His mom belonged from the Bahamas, and his dad was from South Carolina. He was raised in the Vanderveer house projects in East Flatbush. Williams was addicted and fascinated by drugs at a very young age.
He got a stab on his face while meddling in a brawl outside a pub. The cut turned into a permanent scar on his face. He started accepting works like hopping in music videos for performances including George Michael and Madonna before getting a role in his initial film as Tupac Shakur’s colleague in the 1996 movie, ‘Bullet.’
Williams, a Brooklyn resident, most recently worked in HBO’s ‘Lovecraft Country’ and the series F Is for Family. He became an iconic symbol for several people thanks to his character in The Wire as Omar Little. He played the role of a shotgun-wielding cast who earned his living robbing drug sellers. He attended that up as a mobster in the HBO Prohibition-era masses show “Boardwalk Empire,” and most lately received an Emmy nomination for different series on the pay channels, the grotesque ‘Lovecraft Country.’
Williams was ensuing slated to co-star in Sony’s George Foreman documentary directed by George Tillman Jr. Michael garnered many accolades during his legendary profession, comprising of five Emmy designations. His original was in 2015 for his performance in ‘Bessie’ and next accompanied two years later for his role in The Night Of. He was also the winner of a SAG Award for the best set with the appearance of “Boardwalk Empire.”
On social media accounts, actor several co-workers and colleagues remembered the intensity, complexity, and understanding he delivered to his appearances on the screen and, beyond that, how he was off-screen as well.
“Michael K Williams was a wonderful, loving, gregarious person. I felt so blessed to have remembered him, and we were all so lucky to have experienced his unbelievable ability,” Aisha Tyler addressed on Twitter. “He lighted so very lively.”
Director James Gunn replied: “Michael K Williams, in extension to being one of the most gifted artists around, was also one of the most loving, sweetest, most considerate beings I’ve ever engaged. This is unbearable. My thoughts are with all those who cherished him.”
Musician Saul Williams wrote: “For years Wikipedia posted Michael K. Williams as my bro. Not one of us wanted to fix it, rather we took it at its name. ‘We’re buddies, yo.’ He received poetry with me. We sliced bread & booted it whenever we could. A profound & genuine relationship. A wonderful spirit.”
Michael “Wire” co-star Wendell Pierce also followed the chorus of memories with poignant applause.
“The extent of my adoration for this brother, can only be rivaled by the intensity of my grief learning of his death,” he penned. “A immensely gifted man with the capacity to give sound to the human form representing the stories of those whose kindness is hardly raised until he harmonizes their authenticity.”