Michael K. Williams, best known for his role as Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire, has sadly passed away at the age of 54.
Police sources tell The Post that the actor was found dead in the penthouse of his Brooklyn home from a suspected heroin overdose on Monday afternoon.
Sources say he was found unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Williamsburg pad with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table.
His nephew discovered him in the early afternoon, and someone called cops to the address at 440 Kent Ave., saying there was a man there who was “unresponsive” and “feeling cold,” sources said.
At 2:12 p.m., authorities declared Williams dead, and it appeared the TV star died from an overdose.
“There is no evidence of foul play,” a police source said. “There was no forced entry, everything was in order.”
Michael Kenneth Williams’ family announces his passing with deep sorrow following an extended illness. Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR, his longtime rep, asked for privacy during this difficult time.
On HBO’s Lovecraft Country, Williams was nominated for an Emmy in 2021 for outstanding supporting actor in a drama; he most recently played Bobby McCray, Antron McCray’s father, who convinced his son to sign a false confession.
Chalky White played racketeer Chalky White on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
“We are devastated by the loss of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of HBO’s family for over 20 years,” HBO said in a statement. Known as an artist to a vast audience around the world, Michael was also known as a close friend to everyone who was fortunate to work with him. Our condolences go out to his family for this immeasurable loss.”
Michael Kenneth Williams was born on November 22, 1966, in Brooklyn. He attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School in Brooklyn, where he grew up in the Vanderveer housing projects in East Flatbush.