The Wire star Michael K Williams’ nephew cries outside NY apartment where he found actor dead in suspected drug overdose
THE Wire star Michael K Williams‘ nephew sobbed outside of the NYC apartment where he found the actor dead in a suspected drug overdose.
NYPD deputies told The Sun of the 54-year-old: “Michael was found dead by a relative around 2pm today at his Kent Avenue apartment in Brooklyn.
“He was alone when he was discovered. Illegal paraphernalia was found in the apartment.
“The medical examiner is currently investigating his cause of death.”
According to the outlet, drug paraphernalia and what appeared to be heroin was found in the apartment, suggesting a possible overdose.
Later in the evening on Monday, Michael’s nephew was pictured sobbing outside of the Brooklyn apartment building.
News of the star’s death comes as:
- It emerged Michael was last seen at a film premiere in August
- Tributes from fellow stars including Wendell Pierce, Stephen King, and Jason Isbell began pouring in
- Michael wrote ‘don’t cry for me’ in a cryptic final Instagram post
- Michael admitted to past cocaine abuse in a 2012 interview
- He opened up about his struggles with addiction which he said started after filming The Wire as recently as February 2021
- 50 Cent was ripped as “disrespectful” for using a screenshot of the star’s passing to promote his show
- Michael’s body was found on the 49th birthday of The Wire costar Idris Elba
A bystander heard the man say “I found the body” as he was “inconsolable” on the phone.
Michael‘s rep also confirmed the tragic death and said in a statement: “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.”
Another nephew of Michael’s, Arvance Williams – who is not the one who discovered his body – paid tribute in an emotional video outside of his uncle’s home.
The heartbroken family member said: “He was very positive, he loved Brooklyn and always did positive things for his community. He always gave back and did stuff for the kids.
“He was about family and love and I can’t tell you how much he loves his community and loves Brooklyn. He was well-loved and respected. It will be tough living without him, we’re going to miss him.
“He was something else, he was special. You guys know him as the actor, we know him as Uncle Mike. I can’t wrap my head around it.”
Fans and fellow stars in the entertainment industry mourned the devastating incident on social media.
His co-star on The Wire, Wendell Pierce, posted an emotional message which read: “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.”
Another costar, Paul Reubens, who famously played Pee-wee Herman in several films, acted alongside Michael in the 2009 drama Life During Wartime.
The Pee-wee’s Big Adventure star shared a lengthy tribute for his friend: “I just saw some extremely sad, heartbreaking news.
“My friend and supremely talented actor Michael K. Williams has died. We met on a film in 2008 and became casual pals. I was excited to meet him having greatly admired his incredible, insightful work in ‘The Wire.'”
He continued: “Getting to know him, he was everything I’d hoped he might be—funny, serious, deep, sensitive and joyful. He was absolutely beautiful inside and out. He loved to dance. And, that insanely gorgeous smile he had.
“We connected a couple of times a year, at Christmastime and on his birthday. I sent him a valentine every year on Valentine’s Day, to make sure he knew I loved and cherished him.
“I’ll miss you very much, Michael, but will certainly not ever forget you. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace, sweet, sweet man.”
Da 5 Bloods actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams.
“One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul.”
Author Stephen King shared a tribute: “Horrible, sad, and unbelievable to think we’ve lost the fantastically talented Michael K. Williams at the age of 54.”
Country folk superstar Jason Isbell said: “I crossed paths with Michael K. Williams once in New York.
“And I was too nervous to say hello, so I walked around the block trying to work up the nerve and still couldn’t do it. Just loved his work so much. This news is so sad.”
Another longtime admirer wrote: “Michael K Williams brought every character he played to spectacular life. Chalky White, Omar Little, Montrose Freeman, Freddy Knight. The list goes on and on. Just heartbreaking news.”
“Rest in peace, Michael K Williams. I will never forget your legendary performance as Omar Little. One of my favorite characters ever,” a fan said in a tribute.
Missing from the long list of tributes is rapper 50 Cent – who was slammed by fans for using Michael’s death to promote his show Raising Kanan.
He was most famous for his role as Omar Little in the HBO drama series The Wire – which he played from 2002 until 2008.
From 2010 until 2014, the New York native also popularly played Chalky White in the hit show Boardwalk Empire.
Other standout projects Michael was apart of include films 12 Years a Slave, Assassin’s Creed, Ghostbusters and The Purge.
2021 EMMY CONTENDER
Throughout his decades-long career, the beloved performer had been nominated for five Emmy’s.
The late actor is up for an award at this year’s show, which will take place later this month.
His potential posthumous Emmy will be for playing Montrose Freeman in the drama series, Lovecraft Country.
Back in 2015, he was first up for the award for his role as Jack Gee in the TV movie, Bessie.
In 2017, he was once again nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Freddy Knight in The Night Of.
The entertainer was also nominated in 2018 for being in the cast of Vice and again in 2019 for his part in the limited series When They See Us.
He was last spotted in public last month as he rocked a peacock feather-print suit at the Los Angeles movie premiere for Aretha Franklin’s biopic, Respect.
Michael is survived by his adult son, Elijah Williams.