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.
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."