'The Wire' star Michael K Williams found dead in his apartment
New Delhi : Actor Michael K. Williams, one of television's most memorable stars of recent years for his role as Omar Little in "The Wire," has been found dead in his New York City apartment, police said on Monday.
News of the death of the actor, who starred as the iconic Baltimore stick-up man in the groundbreaking television series, triggered an outpouring of grief among fans and former colleagues.
The actor's representative said it was ‘with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.’
"They ask for your privacy while grieving this," said the statement from Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR.
An officer for the New York Police Department told AFP that Williams had been found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn by a family member.
The Brooklyn native had been widely hailed for his role in gritty thriller "The Wire," in which he played a gay armed robber who specialized in holding up drug dealers.
The series became one of the most popular shows on television and ran through five seasons from 2002 until 2008.
He received multiple Emmy nominations for his work, including for his turn in the series "Lovecraft Country," ahead of the 2021 ceremony that will take place in just under two weeks.
Williams was also nominated for his work playing the husband of blues singer Bessie Smith in the 2015 film "Bessie."
He was additionally a nominee for 2016's "The Night Of" and for "When They See US" in 2019, about a group of young Black men wrongly accused of rape in Central Park in the 1980s.
No official cause of death was given, but several US media quoted law enforcement sources as saying they suspected a possible drug overdose.