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.
Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul.— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) September 6, 2021
May you RIP. God bless.
Please God No. I can’t take this pain. Death cannot be this normal.— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) September 6, 2021
All I want for black entertainers is for them to be able to grow old.— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams & I once shared a conversation at some party thing I didn't fit in or feel good at. He sat down in a corner I was hiding in & just wanted to talk about poems for a while. All I said was "I write," & he treated me with warmth. like I'd unlocked a universe.— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) September 6, 2021
Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. He burned so very bright.— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) September 6, 2021
Rest in power, MKW.
You will forever be The King. pic.twitter.com/LuFY0tG9NA
Michael K Williams just gave a tribute to DMX back in June at the BET Awards. Surreal pic.twitter.com/oTtEaXJe6p— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 6, 2021
For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. “We’re brothers, yo.” He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit. 💔💔— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) September 6, 2021
before omar little, before chalky white, before montrose freeman... i want to remember michael k. williams through the element of dance in which he was so incredibly amazing at & brought smiles upon so many faces, rest in power brother 🤎 pic.twitter.com/qFpGo7txZz— the fully vaccinated vandal. (@_arqiteqt) September 6, 2021
"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."