The actor who played the iconic Omar Little on the famous HBO series and who was now nominated for an Emmy for and ‘Lovecraft Country’ has died at the age of 54. Police have not released any further details about the cause of his death.
Michael K. Williams, famous actor from The Wire and Lovecraft Country, has been found dead Monday in his Brooklyn apartment. He was 54 years old.
As confirmed to Entertainment Weekly, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, the interpreter, truly iconic for his role as Omar Little in one of HBO’s most praised series, was found at around 2 p.m. on Monday in his apartment And, although it has been reported that devices related to the drug have been found at the scene, the aforementioned publication confirms that the authorities have not provided cause of death or further details in this regard.
“It is with deep regret that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” confirmed a family representative. a The Hollywood Reporter. “They ask for privacy as they mourn this irreparable loss.”
The death of Williams has occurred in the middle of one of the five nominations that the interpreter has received from the Emmy Awards throughout his career, which recognized his work in the HBO series, too. Lovecraft Territory. The actor was competing in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series at this year’s awards, whose gala will be held next Sunday. Williams, had been nominated four more times previously. All of them for their work on acclaimed titles: Bessie, The Night Of and Así nos Ven and also as executive producer for Vice.
However, the most important job of his career was undoubtedly The Wire, in which played the charismatic Omar Little during his five seasons aired on the prestigious cable network between 2002 and 2008. “People don’t even call me Mike, they call me Omar”, the interpreter had once commented as he recalls TVLine. “That got mixed up with my identity crisis and my addiction and it wasn’t a good mix. I had to try to stop being Omar and just be Mike.”
Among other titles of the interpreter we find series such as Boardwalk Empire, Community, The Spoils Before Dying, When We Rise, Hap and Leonard and F Is for Family, while in his works for the big screen they find Pure Vice, Goodbye, Little One, Goodbye, Anarchy: Night of the Beasts, 12 years of slavery and Assassin’s Creed, among other.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years,” reads a statement released by HBO.. “While the world is aware of his immense talent as an artist, we met Michael as a dear friend who was loved by all who had the privilege of working with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family on this immeasurable loss.”
After knowing his death, colleagues, friends, the entire industry and his millions of fans around the world have not stopped sending their condolences to the family and messages of love towards the acclaimed interpreter.