The Emmy-winning actor has been open about his battle with addiction and called it an everyday struggle.
Michael Kenneth Williams was an American actor. He played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie.
Williams, 54, was discovered by a relative that went to his home on Monday.
Police said they responded to Williams’ apartment in Brooklyn at 2 p.m. Monday and found him dead.
He is currently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”
A win at the September 19 ceremony would be his first in five nominations.
His death came as a shock to fans, co-stars and family.
The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.
We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, an HBO family member for more than 20 years. While the world knew of his immense talents, we knew Michael as a dear friend. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss. pic.twitter.com/CaBM3N1Uc1
— HBO (@HBO) September 6, 2021
The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021