American actor Micheal Kenneth Williams was found dead on Monday in his home in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
The Emmy-nominated actor was known for his roles as Omar Little in the hit crime drama and Chalky White in the period gangster series.
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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.”
The Brooklyn-born actor, who had a distinctive facial scar from a bar fight on his 25th birthday, also won fans for his role as Chalky White in the period gangster series Boardwalk Empire.
Fellow actors, musicians and filmmakers have been paying tribute on social media.
I love you Bro,may your beautiful soul rest in peace ❤️🕊 pic.twitter.com/5kuz8JJWhX
— Black Coffee (@RealBlackCoffee) September 7, 2021
photograph taken at his home in brooklyn, august 2021.
by jesse dittmar. pic.twitter.com/xVLILGDfVA
— #freekeithdavisjr (@liberianjue_) September 6, 2021
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 7, 2021
Michael K. Williams 𝘅 Klay Thompson
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 7, 2021
I’ve returned to this short over and over in the last three years. No idea why, but it speaks to a visceral part of my being. I know I’ll still seek it out. I’m grateful for Michael K Williams’s life, work. pic.twitter.com/2LUhUUl0C6
— Ngatũnyi (@Ngartia) September 7, 2021
— Gabby Richards (@RealGabbyR) September 7, 2021
“If you come at the KING, you better not miss” – Michael K. Williams
— Dr. Wendy Osefo (@WendyOsefo) September 6, 2021
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) September 7, 2021
Rock The Bells is saddened to learn of the transitioning of #MichaelKWilliams, an incredible and indelible talent who used his gift to tell so many stories of the culture. He will be sorely missed in the #HipHop world and worldwide. 🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/Fi5n4UVYk0
— Rock The Bells (@RockTheBells) September 6, 2021