Michael K Williams: Wire and Boardwalk Empire Actor Dies of Accidental Drug Overdose, Autopsy Says | Ents & Arts News


Wire actor Michael K Williams has died of an accidental drug overdose, a post-mortem exam has revealed.

Williams, 54, was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on September 6.

Police sources said at the time that drug paraphernalia was discovered at the scene.

Julie Bolcer, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for New York City, said in an email that the cause of death was “acute poisoning from the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine “.

Ms Bolcer declined to comment further on the investigation.

Michael K Williams with Dominic West in The Wire. Photo: Moviestore / Shutterstock

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Williams’ colleagues were remembered for his particular talent for humanizing the characters he portrayed, bringing to his roles his own experience as a black man growing up in New York City.

Among the actual struggles he faced were episodes of drug addiction, which he brought to his best-known role for The Wire.

The TV series was set in Baltimore and told the story of drug trafficking from the perspective of criminals, police and those caught between them.

Critics praised Williams for his portrayal of Omar Little, a gay drug dealer at war with his rivals.

Michael K Williams in his role as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire.  Photo: HBO / Kobal / Shutterstock
Williams as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire. Photo: HBO / Kobal / Shutterstock

Other television roles that have won praise for Williams include the characters he played in Boardwalk Empire, Bessie, and Lovecraft Country.

Williams played the mighty African-American gangster Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire, an HBO series set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition era of the 1920s.

During her career, Williams won Emmy nominations for performances in HBO’s Bessie, The Night Of, and Lovecraft Country.

He also received praise for his role in the 2019 Netflix series When They See Us, the true story of five teenage boys falsely accused of a brutal attack on a jogger in Central Park in New York City, who were ultimately cleared after having spent years in prison.


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