Celebrated actor Michael K. Williams, best known for his role in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse in early September 2021 law-enforcement sources told The NY Post.
Williams, 54, was discovered face-down and unconscious in the dining room of his luxury Williamsburg pad with what appeared to be a large amount of heroin on the kitchen table, sources said.
One of the acclaimed actor’s nephews talked to him Friday, and Williams was supposed to show up to an event Saturday but never made it, sources said.
A nephew then went to Williams’ home Monday, and someone called cops to the address at 440 Kent Ave. just before 2 p.m., saying there was a man there who was “unresponsive’’ and “feels cold,’’ sources told the New York Post.
**UPDATE as of 9/8/21**: Police in New York City looked for a drug dealer as part of the criminal investigation into the death of actor Michael K. Williams.
Detectives who discovered narcotics inside the residence along with drug paraphernalia now want to locate the origin of the drugs, according to TMZ.
A pending autopsy and toxicology test are likely to provide more definitive answers to what exactly killed Williams, but it will likely be several weeks before those results are known.
This investigation comes down after comedian Fuquan Johnson and two others died of a drug overdose the same weekend.
Williams was a beast on screen. If you remember him from the critically-acclaimed HBO sereis, “The Wire” one of his iconic scenes was his character, Omar Little, whistling “The Farmer in the Dell” walking down the street. And by the time he strides around the corner of the West Baltimore block, a shotgun visibly dangling beneath his trademark long trench coat, his character has sent an entire drug crew running scared. They sprint down a nearby alley, right into the trap the larger-than-life stickup artist has laid for them, and when he gets a look at a gaudy necklace hanging from the leader’s neck, he stops whistling and smugly speaks the next lyric aloud: “Yeah, the cheese stands alone.”
Before his infamous roles on “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”, Williams was a dancer. As a young man, he appeared in music videos starring artists like Madonna, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Genuwine, Technotronix, just to name a few.
Then, on his 25th birthday, everything changed.
“There was a popping party going on in Queens,” Williams says. “I went outside to get some air, and I saw that two of my other friends were being surrounded by some dudes I didn’t know.”
Thinking his friends were about to get jumped, Williams told them it was time to go home.
That’s when someone else approached Williams from behind.
“The dude wiped his hand across his mouth and … smacked me,” he says. “What he did was he spit a razor. He was positioning the razor in his mouth to get it between his middle finger and ring finger. And then he swiped me down my face.”
That cut would leave the permanent scar we’ve come to know him to have now.
“We managed to escape with our lives, barely, that night,” he says.
After the attack, Williams’ career took a different turn. Directors didn’t want him to just dance in videos — they wanted him to act out thug roles.
Then Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke were filming a movie in New York called Bullet. The production office happened to…