Michael K. Williams died on Monday at the age of 54. The New York Post reported that Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment and drug paraphernalia. Williams has been open about battle with addiction, which is something he dealt with since he was 19 years old.
"I was playing with fire," Williams said in a previous interview with NJ.com. "It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don't know how I didn't end up in a body bag.
"Eventually, I got so sick and tired of this charade. No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it. I'd be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty. I finally said, 'I can't do this no more.' I didn't want to end up dead." Williams is known for his roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. Here's a look at fans reacting to the tragic news.
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Meeting the Actor
‘The Wire’ actor Michael K. Williams has passed away at the age of 54. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this time. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/gjQN8U17CW— MEFeater Magazine (@mefeater) September 6, 2021
Another person wrote: I met Michael K. Williams once, at a social justice event we both spoke at. He was warm, friendly, and super into the issues of the criminal legal system. We talked for a while, and I'm regretting not reconnecting better afterwards. This is awful. What a light."prevnext
Michael K. Williams has died at 54. “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 unsurmountable loss,” Marianna Shafran, his PR rep, confirmed https://t.co/WD4cUp3sfq pic.twitter.com/FoiOZBQfHL— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 6, 2021
"I loved every single scene I ever saw that Michael k Williams was in," one person said. "Whether it was boardwalk empire or the wire or anything else, even if the episode was slow or boring, once he showed up in the scene it was an unqualified banger, no question. rip to a king."prevnext
Rest in Power Michael K Williams💔💔💔💔💔💔 Prayers Up. Spirits shook. Pain immense. Keep your head up family. We’ll pull through but first let’s give this black man every last one of his 💐🌺🌸🙏🏿 Hold on to the ones you 💕 pic.twitter.com/1dGUBEp4d9— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) September 6, 2021
One fan wrote: "For those who didn't know; Michael K Williams was actively involved in criminal justice reform, not only in the US, but also in The Bahamas. Had the privilege of sitting down and speaking with him and his lovely Bahamian mother. RIP Mike."prevnext
Message From a 'Game of Thrones' Star
Actor Michael K. Williams, best known for ‘The Wire’ has passed away at the age of 54. pic.twitter.com/Uwl22iyp6Y— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 6, 2021
Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel wrote: "Ugh this one hurts Michael K Williams was one of the best to ever do it. And was a really warm, sweet man the few times I had the pleasure of meeting him."prevnext
Losing a Brother
RIP Michael K. Williams 🙏pic.twitter.com/HbPfpBkeZh— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 6, 2021
Saul Williams wrote: "For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. "We're brothers, yo." He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit."prevnext
RIP Michael K. Williams pic.twitter.com/DiG6eMf2dK— ◍ ◯ Garrett (@smilingnodding) September 6, 2021
Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks wrote: "This Michael K Williams news is crushing. Played one of the greatest television characters ever created, but his catalogue was so much bigger than just Omar. An incredibly talented actor. Above all - if you saw him anywhere he would always give his time and words. Rest In Peace."prev