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Thread: Michael K. Williams, 54, Omar in "The Wire', Found Dead in Apartment

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    Default Michael K. Williams, 54, Omar in "The Wire', Found Dead in Apartment







    The star of 'The Wire', actor Michael K. Williams, has been found dead in his New York City penthouse apartment. A law enforcement source confirmed to the New York Post that the 54-year-old he was found in the living room of his apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn by his nephew on Monday afternoon. He is survived by his son, Elijah.
    The nephew went to the apartment to check up on Williams after he hadn't been heard from in a couple of days, according to TMZ. Drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, according to The Post. Williams has spoken in years past about his struggles with drug addiction. 'No foul play indicated,' a police source said. 'No forced entry, the apartment was in order.' Williams, a five-time Emmy nominee, was famous for his role as Omar LIttle in HBO's 'The Wire'. He also starred as Chalky White in 'Boardwalk Empire'.
    Before making it big on the small screen, he worked as a dancer who appeared in music videos alongside George Michael and Madonna. Williams grew up in the projects of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. His childhood was one spent growing up in surroundings where drugs and violence were commonplace.
    As a young boy, he was sexually molested. He told The New York Times that that experience left him confused about his own sexuality and caused him to be withdrawn.They had two nicknames for me: Blackie and F****t Mike,’ Williams told the Times in 2017. ‘I was very soft, very fragile.’
    In 1996, he made his film debut, appearing alongside Tupac Shakur in the film Bullet. Three years later, he played a drug dealer in Martin Scorsese’s Bringing Out the Dead. Williams also landed a brief cameo in the HBO hit show The Sopranos. He would then land the definitive role for his career, playing Omar Little in The Wire.
    Following the success of The Wire, Williams was cast as Albert 'Chalky' White in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In 2015, Williams was cast as Jack Gee, the husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO biopic Bessie, which starred Queen Latifah.
    Williams was open about his struggles with drug addiction. Since the age of 19, he went in and out of clinics to seek treatment. In order to make ends meet, he started carjacking, though that led to several arrests. While he never identified himself as gay, he spent his young adult years away from his Brooklyn home, living it up at gay bars in Lower Manhattan.
    On the eve of his 25th birthday, he saw a group of muggers jump one of his friends. Williams tried to intervene, but one of the assailants pulled out a knife and slashed him across the face and neck. One gash went straight through his jugular. The scar has been visible since. It is his most recognizable feature. The facial scar led to more offers to appear in music videos as a dancer. (SOURCE: DAILY MAIL)
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    He was one of the best things about The Wire...
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    NO fucking way!

    This guy was awesome in every single thing I've watched him in.

    The Wire
    Boardwalk Empire
    Lovecraft Country

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    Ahh man. I loved him as Omar!
    Ms Dark, it says Drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment
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    Dayum. Whatever the cause... What a loss.

    RIP
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    Noooo!! Omar was my favorite character, I still hate the little scumbag who shot him. I also loved him in Hap and Leonard.
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    Do we have any idea as to why? It should not have happened yet!

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    this is so sad!!!! he was amazing as omar but also in everything else i saw him in. what a loss.
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    Fuck. I loved Omar, he was my favorite! Poor guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiermac View Post
    Do we have any idea as to why? It should not have happened yet!
    The article mentions that there was drug paraphernalia in the apartment. And in interviews he had openly admitted to having issues with substance abuse. What a waste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConstanceSpry View Post
    Noooo!! Omar was my favorite character, I still hate the little scumbag who shot him. I also loved him in Hap and Leonard.
    I loved him so much in Hap and Leonard.

    RIP! Way too early!
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    RIP Mr. Williams. You were a charismatic & likeable actor.

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    Ugh, I read today that it was a possible heroin or fentanyl related overdose. And that they're looking for a known drug dealer connected with it all.

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