The actor who played infamous stick-up Omar Little on “The Wire,” was discovered dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.
Just before 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, police were summoned to a residence at 440 Kent Ave., claiming there was a male inside who was “unresponsive” and “feels cold.”
Michael K. Williams, 54, who had openly acknowledged his previous drug struggles, was found face-down and motionless in the dining room of his posh Williamsburg pad, with what seemed to be heroin on the table.
Authorities pronounced Williams deceased at 2:12 p.m., according to sources. How long he had been dead was unknown.
“No foul play indicated,’’ a police source claimed according to the New York Post. “No forced entry. The apartment was in order.’’
Sources said cops are looking into where the drugs seized in Williams’ residence originated.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,’’ stated spokeswoman Marianna Shafran. “They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.’’
On Monday afternoon, Sept. 6, the city Medical Examiner’s Office was outside Williams’ building, and eight NYPD police officers, as well as at least two supervisors, were present.
Williams has stated that he incorporated his personal events into his acting, including his own challenges, to give the characters greater depth.
“No one wakes up and says, ‘I’m going to become a drug-dealer’ or ‘I’m going to become a stick-up kid.’ No. There is a series of events that makes them feel this is the only way out. As a black man growing up in the ’hood, I bear witness to some of those events.”
Over the years, the actor has been open about his troubles with addiction, especially during the filming of “The Wire,” when he talked about playing Little, who robs drug traffickers, which has affected his real life.
According to the BBC, “I was playing with fire,” he said in an interview in 2012.
“It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail—or worse,” Williams explained.