‘The Wire,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ actor Michael K. Williams dead at 54

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The Wire and Lovecraft Country actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday, ABC News has confirmed. He was 54.

“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” his rep says in a statement. “They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”

WABC-TV reports that drug paraphernalia was found at the scene. Police say the investigation is ongoing and the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Williams starred as Omar Little in The Wire and as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire. He was most recently nominated for a 2021 Emmy for his role as Montrose Freeman in HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years,” HBO said in a statement. “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.”

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