Michael K. Williams’ The cause of death has been revealed.
The “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” actor died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl-containing heroin and cocaine, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed Friday in a statement to USA Today.
According to the New York City Police Department, the Emmy-nominated actor was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment on September 6. He was 54 years old.
Williams was Laid to Rest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, during a service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral on September 16. He was remembered as “one of television’s most respected and admired actors” who “brought characters to life, often with surprising tenderness.”
He was best known for his portrayal of Omar Little in “The Wire”, which ran from 2002 to 2008. He also appeared in several more HBO series, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Night Off” and most recently, “Lovecraft Country.” , ” in which he was Nominated for an Emmy for his role as Montrose Freeman.
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Because his character in “The Wire” was so beloved, people often confronted the actor and the role he played. “People didn’t even call me Mike, they called me Omar,” he added (Newark) Star-Ledger In a 2012 interview. “It mixed with my identity crisis and my addiction — and it wasn’t a good mix. I had to stop trying to be Omar and just be Mike.”
The actor opened up about his history with drugs and how he went through it all while acting.
“I was playing with fire,” Williams told The. told star laser those days. “It was only 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, I died.”
And when he decided to come clean, Williams wondered if it was pure luck to survive it all.
“I thought, ‘Why me? Why was I spared?’ I should have died,” Williams said. “I have scars. I have stuck my head in the lion’s mouth. Obviously, God saved me for a purpose. So, I decided to come clean and then clean. I hope I can reach that one person.”
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emotional tributes from his industry peers, including a Touching Emmys Night Speech From Kerry Washington And a heartwarming post on social media from his side “Lovecraft Country” co-star Jurnee Smollett, who said she is working through the stages of grief after his death.
Smollett, who plays Letitia “Letty” Lewis in “Lovecraft Country,” paid tribute to Williams on Instagram hours after her funeral. She wrote about the stages of grief and how at first she was in denial that Williams died.
“When @jakesmollett called to tell me, my mind went ‘hell this ain’t true anymore, let me call Michael.’ And I called him. I called him over and over again until my mind stopped, he was gone. I couldn’t breathe,” she wrote.
Contribution: Pamela Avila