Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead yesterday in his Brooklyn Penthouse after an apparent heroin overdose. Michael was best known for his role as Omar Little in the popular TV series ‘The Wire’. Family and friends mourned his death as do fans globally. His rep Marianna Shafran confirming the death on Monday. According to Shafran, Mr. William’s family asked for privacy during this difficult time as they mourn his loss.
Michael was 54 and was found face down and unconscious. Police pronounced him dead at 2:12 PM on Monday, 6th September minutes after receiving an emergency call about a man who was “unresponsive” and “cold”. Mr. Williams had admitted struggling with addiction over the past, even as he was shooting for his Omar Little role in ‘The Wire’. Michael had confirmed that the role had affected him in real life and that he feared losing everything he had built due to drug addiction.
According to the police at the scene, Mr. Williams seemingly overdosed on Heroin. The police said that there were no indications of foul play and that it was an apparent OD. Friends and family arrived at the scene shortly after, mourning his death and consoling each other. Michael was an ardent supporter of minority human rights and used his platform to denounce the mass incarceration of black and minority citizens in the United States. According to him, he wanted to help stop the mass incarceration of black and minority citizens convicted and detained for minor drug-related offenses. Reports by the police indicate that Michael was found by his nephew after he had been slated to attend an event last Saturday but didn’t make it.
"No Forced Entry"
Police sources indicated that there was “No forced entry, the apartment was in order” and that there was “no foul play indicated.” Michael had seemingly OD’d and the police have started an investigation into the source of the drugs. The last one to two years have been rough, not least for actors and the film industry. Reports also indicate that in his last Instagram post’ Michael asked his fans not to cry for him posting a clip from fellow entertainer Tracy Morgan. Michael had a scar on his face, which he had credited for landing him several roles, most of which were to play gangster roles.