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‘The Wire’ Star Michael K. Williams Found Dead At 54

On the morning of September 6, 'The Wire' star Michael K Williams found dead in his New York City apartment.

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In a shocking turn of events, Michael K Williams best known for essaying the role of Omar Little on the HBO drama series ‘The Wire’ has passed away. The actor was found dead on September 6th in his New York City apartment, said the police. The cause of the death is yet to be known. Though his death is reportedly being investigated as a drug overdose after investigators discovered drug paraphernalia in his apartment.

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The New York Police Department confirmed to Variety that the actor was found dead on Monday at 2 p.m. inside of his Brooklyn residence.

His longtime rep, Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR, said: “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.”

Michael K Williams was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.

Williams received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations: three for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (pending), and one for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

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