Daily US Times: American actor Michael K Williams has been found dead in his New York apartment. He was 54. The actor was best known for starring in HBO drama series The Wire.
US media reported quoting law enforcement sources as saying the actor died from a suspected drug overdose, but this has not been officially confirmed by authorities.
Michael K Williams had openly discussed his struggles with drugs over the years.
In The Wire, he played gay character Omar, streetwise robber of drug gangs.
Williams – who was nominated for three Emmy Awards – was also known for playing Albert “Chalky” White, a powerful gangster, in the Prohibition period TV series Boardwalk Empire.
John Grimpel, New York Police Department spokesman, said police went to Williams’s Brooklyn apartment after receiving an emergency call at 14:00 local time on Monday (18:00 GMT).
Filmmakers and fellow actors have been paying tribute on social media.
The Wire co-star Wendell Pierce tweeted: “The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss,”
Edward Norton, who worked with Williams on the 2019 film Motherless Brooklyn, wrote: “If he was in a scene he was the best thing about it. Period,” wrote actor
Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted: “This is heartbreaking to learn. We have lost an enormous talent in Michael K Williams.”