American actor Michael K Williams has been found dead in his New York apartment. He was 54 year old.
New York Police went to his Brooklyn apartment after receiving an emergency call. He is suspected to have died from drug overdose.
Born in New York in 1966, Williams began his career as a dancer and performed with Madonna and George Michael before moving into acting, with companies including the prestigious National Black Theatre Company.
The actor had publicly admitted his personal struggles with drugs over the years, even when he was starring in critical film roles.
Mr. Williams is best known for starring in HBO drama series The Wire. He played Omar Little, a gay, streetwise robber of drug gangs.
He was also known for playing Albert “Chalky” White, a powerful gangster, in the Prohibition period TV series Boardwalk Empire.
He was nominated for three Emmy Awards
In a statement, HBO TV network, which aired 60 episodes of The Wire between 2002 and 2008, said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years.
“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.”