In early September, it became known that actor Michael K. Williams, known as “Omar Little” in the TV series “The Wire” is dead.
He turned 54 years old.
Williams was found dead by his nephew, in his New York apartment New York Post informed by politicians at the time. The cause of death was unknown.
Friday reports, however NBC New York that the cause of death is known.
According to the website, Williams is said to have died of an overdose, as a result of a combination of several drugs.
Forensic scientists state that the actor died acutely, after combining the synthetic opioid fentalyl with heroin and cocaine, NBC New York reports on Friday.
Williams is said to have been pronounced dead at the scene.
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of the Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They are asking for privacy while mourning this insurmountable loss, a Williams representative told The Hollywood Reporter when the death became known.
Open about addiction
Already in 2016, Williams opened up about problems with, among other things, substance abuse. He did the opposite NPR, and could tell that the role in “The Wire” exacerbated the problems he had. Especially when the role ended, he had problems with who he should be in real life.
He continued to carry with him the dark sides of the character in the series, he told NPR. At one point, he met a pastor, who made it possible for him to talk about his problems.
– When I entered through these doors I was destroyed. This was, I would say, around the third season of “The Wire”. I went on drugs and was in danger of destroying everything I had worked so hard for, he said, among other things.
In a larger interview with Men’s Health in 2020, he also touched on suicidal thoughts that contributed to drug abuse.
“Pain. In one word, a lot of pain. A lot of trauma at an early age, which I did not have the right tools to handle “, he said at the time.
It was recently announced that Williams had been given the role of boxing star George Forman’s mentor and coach. The actor was nominated five times for an Emmy Award, including for the HBO series “Lovecraft Country”.
He also received recognition for his role as Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire”.
Williams leaves behind his son Elijah Williams.
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