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‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams has died at the age of 54.

Michael K. Williams, well known for his portrayal of Omar Little on HBO’s “The Wire,” has passed away Williams was discovered dead in his apartment in New York City on Monday afternoon. Williams’ death is being investigated to see if it was caused by an overdose, according to authorities.

The family of actor Michael K. Williams confirms his death with tremendous grief. They ask for your respect as they mourn this unfathomable loss “Williams’ family was represented by a representative. For his role as Montrose Freeman in HBO’s “Lovecraft County,” the actor has been nominated for an Emmy.

Williams, who was born in November 1966 in Brooklyn, began his career as a knowledgeable dancer at the age of twenty-two and has starred in over 50 music videos. Williams made his film debut as High Top in the 1996 picture “Bullet.” According to Williams’ website, the late Tupac Shakur was the one who discovered and cast him.

Subsequently, he appeared in movies such as “Bringing Out of Dead,” “The Road,” “Gone Baby, Life in the War,” “I Think I Love My Wife” and “The Wonderful World” by Martin Scorsese, among others.

But his most famous role was as Omar Little on “The Wire,” which he played for five seasons.

According to Michael K. Williams’ website, “the wit and charm that Williams delivered to Omar, the whistle-happy, profanity-averse, dealer-robbing holdup man, gained him tremendous accolades and made Omar one among television’s most memorable characters.” In 2012, President Barack Obama claimed that Williams’ portrayal of Omar on “The Wire” was his favorite character on the show, adding, “That guy is amazing.”

Along with his legendary portrayal in “The Wire,” Williams was hailed for his roles in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” as Albert “Chalky” White, and as Jack Gee, Bessie Smith’s husband, in the HBO biopic “Bessie,” as well as the Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave.”

Michael K. Williams had been collaborating with a New Jersey non-profit to make it easier for former inmates to reintegrate into society, and he was working on a documentary about it. In a 2020 Associated Press report, he talked about his difficult childhood and stated he fought with drug addiction, which he had previously discussed openly in interviews. Stars and fans around the world paid emotional respect to Williams on media platforms on Monday evening.