Actor Michael K. Williams

Actor Michael K. Williams

Actor Michael K Williams

Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication, according to the medical examiner in New York City on Friday.

Williams, who played Omar Little on “The Wire” and was nominated for an Emmy this year, died on September 6 in Brooklyn with fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in his system. The city’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office declined to comment further. A message was left with Williams’ representative requesting a comment.

Candid About His Drug Use

Before his death, Williams had spoken candidly in recent interviews about his battle with drug addiction, which he said persisted after he rose to fame on “The Wire” in the early 2000s.

From 2010 to 2014, Williams played Chalky White in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and he also appeared in the films “12 Years a Slave” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

Williams was nominated for an Emmy this year for supporting actor in a drama series for HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” but lost to a star of “The Crown” on Sunday.

Community Outreach

“I was playing with fire.” “It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.” he told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2012.

In an interview shortly after Williams’ death, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea stated that he had spoken with the actor earlier this year about collaborating with the department on community outreach.

Williams had been collaborating with a New Jersey charity to make it easier for former prison inmates to reintegrate into society and was working on a documentary about the subject.
Another project involved directly reaching out to at-risk youth.

Williams was remembered during the “In Memoriam” segment of the ceremony.