American News Sep 6, 2021 9:48 PM EST

'The Wire' actor Michael K. Williams found dead in Brooklyn apartment

"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."

'The Wire' actor Michael K. Williams found dead in Brooklyn apartment
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Actor Michael K. Williams from shows like "The Wire" and "Community" was found dead in his apartment on Monday.

The New York Post in their reporting claim that "drug paraphernalia" was discovered at Williams' apartment home. "Heroin or fentanyl" are listed as potential culprits, with Williams discovered lifeless in the living room by his nephew at the Brooklyn penthouse.

NYPD sources told Variety they were first notified around 2 PM this afternoon.

"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," the actor’s PR representative Marianna Shafran told The Hollywood Reporter.

As mentioned by the Post, Michael Williams had a history with drug struggles, especially after filming for "The Wire." As explored in a piece at the Guardian, he got into method acting for the character enough that he began doing cocaine.

On the show, Michael Williams played the character of Omar Little. An urban Robin Hood who robbed from drug dealers to help the poor. It was praised as some of the best acting for its time, even getting a compliment from former president Obama.

But as described later by The Fix, it appeared that Williams turned a corner on his addiction after "The Wire," going on to score roles in "Boardwalk Empire" and "Lovecraft Country."

The latter of which courted the actor his fifth Emmy nomination.

In an interview with Deadline earlier this year, Williams talked about the connection between himself and his "Lovecraft" character.

"What Montrose, and his journey and Lovecraft Country did for me was that it got me in touch with my deeper trauma. I know that I have trauma with my past experiences of life – things that have happened to me, things that I have done, bad choices. I live that and I’m working through it."

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