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Michael K. Williams: Fans And Celebrities React To His Tragic Death

‘The Wire’ actor was discovered dead in his apartment of a possible overdose.

Michael K. Williams, best known as Omar Little on The Wire, reportedly passed away on Monday (September 6) – and his sudden tragic death is breaking the hearts of fans and celebrities alike.

The New York Post reports that law enforcement sources discovered drug paraphernalia at the 54-year-old’s Brooklyn apartment where his body was found.

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Reaction from social media has been pouring in from fans and former coworkers alike.

  • "It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," Williams’ publicist said in a statement, according to WABC-TV. "They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss."

    Williams, who was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, started out as a background dancer before getting his big break  in 1996’s Bullet opposite Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. Aside from acting, he was the co-founder and an advocate of "We Build the Block," a community based organization that fights public safety and civic engagement.

    HBO, the network behind The Wire, released the following statement:

    "We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years. While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss."

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