Actor Michael K. Williams passed away
The 54 year-old actor, Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York apartment. He has been nominated multiple times for Emmy and is best known for his acting in HBO’s highly rated series “The Wire”. The news came as a shock for his fans, former co-stars, and family. The family has asked for privacy while grieving his loss.
The investigation is still in progress to identify the cause of death. The actor had openly discussed his struggles with drugs over the years. The family announced the death of the actor with deep sorrow, through the actor’s representative.
A celebrated career
“The Wire” became one of the highly popular TV series on television. It ran for five seasons, between 2002-2008. The actor’s role in “The Wire” was a gay, streetwise robber of drug gangs. Besides, starring in “The Wire” the actor also acted in other rated TV series.
Additionally, the actor has also another outstanding performance in “Boardwalk Empire” for the role of Albert “Chalky” White, a powerful gangster in the show.
The actor received multiple Emmy nominations for his work in “Lovecraft Country” and “Bessie” as well.
He was also the part and nominee for 2016’s “The Night Of” and 2019’s “When They See Us”.
The actor used his fame to promote social justice and becoming an “ambassador for ending mass incarceration” for the American Civil Liberties Union.
He is one of the “kindest of the persons” and “immensely talented” as described by his peers.
In addition, HBO has paid tribute to the actor’s passing by saying that they are immensely devasted by the passing of the actor, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 yrs.
Fellow co-workers pay their tribute
Fellow actors and co-workers have paid their tributes about the actor’s passing.
Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all those who loved him. ❤️
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 6, 2021
The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021
For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. “We’re brothers, yo.” He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit. 💔💔
— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) September 6, 2021
He had a really rare gift for being fully present in the moment & for conveying the layers under the words. He ran so deep. He was also kind & generously enthusiastic. I’ll be forever grateful that he graced ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ & that I got to share space & time w him. RIP💔
— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) September 6, 2021