Michael K. Williams has been found dead.
New York Police Department confirmed the news to The Wrap, revealing “The Wire” actor was found Monday morning in his Brooklyn apartment. He was 54.
According to The New York Post, sources say the actor was found by his nephew.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” his long-time rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Williams is known for his role of Omar Little in “The Wire” and Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire”.
The star is currently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for his latest role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country”. The awards are set to take place later this month.
Following the news of his death, celebs took to social media to share their tributes:
RIP Michael K. Williams, so brilliant in #BoardwalkEmpire. You will be missed. 💔
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) September 6, 2021
Gutted. Truly one of the most kind-hearted souls I have ever met. Rest In Peace.💔 pic.twitter.com/IAjXesCSfz
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 6, 2021
The thing about @BKBMG is that as fierce and foreboding as his characters often were, he as a man couldn’t have been more easy-going and lovely.
He was good, kind man and so fun to work with.
I am sorry to hear of his passing and of how. 😔
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 6, 2021
So heartbroken. @BKBMG thank you for the beauty and joy you brought to the world. Sending love and prayers to your friends, family and everyone who adored you 🙏🏾 me included ❤️ We adore you Sir. pic.twitter.com/R3ER7a8iTi
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 6, 2021
A beautiful soul, a beautiful person, I'll miss you always. Thank you for blessing us with your talent 💔 pic.twitter.com/Mt50HlY9CA
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 6, 2021
Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all those who loved him. ❤️
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 6, 2021
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) September 6, 2021
gutted by the news of michael k williams’ passing. rest in power king
— Justice Smith (@standup4justice) September 6, 2021
Truly gutted on hearing the passing of Michael K. Williams. A tremendous actor.
— Colman Domingo (@colmandomingo) September 6, 2021
Michael K Williams y’all! Damn. 💔
— Vaxxed AF! #TeamPfizer Poor Kid Chasing Dreams. (@DaveBautista) September 6, 2021
Yo, if you have a problem w/ depression, addiction, crisis of faith. Whatever it is. Please talk to somebody. Please consider help, even if it's uncomfortable.
I will forever love the work of Michael K. Williams. I sincerely hope he's at peace w/ the loved ones who came before.
— Paul Walter Hauser (@PaulWHauser) September 6, 2021
😩😓😓Not gonna lie this one fucked me up y’all!! Micheal K Williams was a solid dude. He was so nice to me when we did ghostbusters and we bonded on many levels!! Damn I was just thinking the next time I saw him I was gonna tell him how dope of an actor he is. Rest in live Bro! pic.twitter.com/OwYlO84FyX
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) September 6, 2021
I was lucky enough to be on an actors panel with him a few months ago, he was so kind and generous and radiated good energy. This is so sad, RIP https://t.co/RUmhX4EL4C
— Nicola Coughlan (@nicolacoughlan) 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.
Rest in power, MKW.
You will forever be The King. pic.twitter.com/LuFY0tG9NA
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams was a god damn genius, a black queer icon who challenged the ideas of black masculinity at a time when it wasn't easy and a truly great dude. A huge loss.
— Travon Free (@Travon) September 6, 2021
god dammit https://t.co/EjjvRrdtX9
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) September 6, 2021