Actor, Michael K Willaims, best remembered for his role in HBO drama series, “The Wire,” was tragically found dead in his home in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, September 6th, 2021.
Reports say New York Police Department went to Williams’ Brooklyn penthouse after receiving an emergency call on Monday afternoon, September 6th. He is said to have been found, dead by his nephew.
He was 54 years.
Michael K. Williams’s net worth was $5million, as per Celebrity Net Worth.
Williams had a long-running career as an actor and his nearly 30-year career is what helped him amass that net worth.
Before he was cast as the iconic character, in “The Wire“, Williams revealed he was “lost” in debt and continued to borrow money from his family to get by.
Michael Williams has appeared in various TV series and movies.
In “The Wire”, he played Omar Little, a streetwise robber of drug gangs. He became one of the most memorable characters in TV history with his role and received two NAACP Image Award nominations for the performance.
He was also known for playing Albert “Chalky” White in the “Boardwalk Empire” TV series and other films including “Law & Order”, “The Sopranos”, “Lovecraft Country”, “The Purge”, “Brooklyn’s Finest”, “Bullet”, “The Public”, “Django Unchained”, and “12 Years a Slave.”
Cause Of Death
Though the cause of death has not been officially confirmed yet, many media outlets have reported that the actor died from a “suspected drug overdose.”
Reports say officials have said they found what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in his apartment. The city medical examiner’s office is currently looking into his death and no official cause has been released yet.
Williams had openly discussed his struggles with drugs over the years. He revealed, he was doing cocaine while playing Omar as the character brought “dark energy” to him.
He eventually got clean but still acknowledged that it was a daily fight.
“Addiction doesn’t go away… It’s an everyday struggle for me, but I’m fighting,” he told New York Times in 2017.