The Wire actor Michael K Williams has died at the age of 54, Williams, who was
known for his role as Omar Little in the hit TV series, was found by police at his
Brooklyn home at around 2 pm on Monday.
The star’s death was confirmed by his rep Marianna Shafran. ‘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,’ she said
in a statement
According to The New York Post, Williams was discovered by his nephew in the living
room of his penthouse.
His cause of death has not yet been confirmed amid an ongoing investigation.
As well as featuring in his infamous role as Omar Little in The Wire, Williams also
appeared in Boardwalk Empire as Chalky White.
Williams also starred in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie and had supporting roles in
other film and TV shows such as The Road, 12 Years A Slave, When They See Us and
The Night Of.
The news of his death comes just days after it was announced he was set to play Doc
Broadus in an upcoming George Foreman Biopic.
The actor, who was five-time Emmy nominated, had won the role as Foreman’s
trainer and mentor who took him to legendary status.
Most recently, he played Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country, which earned him
his fourth Emmy nomination.
Williams is also set to star alongside Letitia Wright upcoming feature film Bron
The much-loved actor started his career aged 22 as a dancer in New York before
going on to pursue acting.