'The Wire' Actor Michael Kenneth Is No More: the Actor Was Found Dead In His Apartment!
The five-time Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn home on Monday afternoon: he was aged 54. No cause of death is revealed at the moment. Sources say his death is being investigated as a drug overdose. Kenneth was best known for playing Omar Little on HBO's The Wire.
"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 insurmountable loss," his rep, Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR, told the Hollywood Reporters.
Kenneth's death is being investigated as a drug overdose. Photo Source: BBC
Williams was a frequent HBO star; his role, Albert Chalky in HBO's Boardwalk Empire had brought him much acclamation. He also played Jack Gee in HBO's Biopic Bessie. “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years,” HBO wrote in a statement.
The Network's statement further read, "While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss."
Williams was born on November 22, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York City. His notable credits include 12 Years in Slave, Law & Order, Third Watch, Body Brokers, and Ghostbuster. Tributes for the late Wire actor have been coming from his colleagues, friends, and fans.
Kenneth is being remembered as a fine man and a rare talent. Photo source: Twitter
"He was a generous actor. It wasn't me, me, me. It was us, us, us," his Wire co-star, Clarke Peters, told BBC Radio 4. Film-maker Spike Lee and The Wire creator David Simon took to the various platforms to express their grief and shock upon hearing the news. Williams is survived by his son Elijah Anderson. The identity of his son's mother was never revealed.
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