Michael K. Williams, best known for playing The Wire‘s Omar Little, died earlier on in the month. Now, his cause of death has been confirmed.
Williams shot to fame for his iconic role as Omar Little in The Wire. The character of Omar is an infamous stick-up man who often robs drug dealers. When people see him coming, they run, warning others of Omar’s presence.
But the character is nothing without the actor, and it was William’s who made the fictional character so powerful and memorable. Even Barack Obama described The Wire as his favourite program, and Little as his favourite character.
However, it wasn’t just The Wire that Williams is remembered for.
His first role came in the 1995 film, Mugshot, however Williams is best remembered for his roles in Boardwalk Empire, Bessie, Law & Order, 12 Years A Slave, and The Road, amongst many many more.
However, Williams life had not always been easy and he struggled with drug addiction for a long time.
Speaking about his drug use, Williams said he often found himself doing drugs in ‘strange places with strange people’. He also said that he was playing with fire.
More specifically, the acting legend said:
Following his unexpected and early death, tributes began pouring in from a host of famous faces, including film director Spike Lee and author Stephen King. King described Williams as “fantastically talented”.
Creator of The Wire, David Simon, also paid tribute, describing Williams as “a fine man and a rare talent”.
Our thoughts go out to all of Michael’s friends and family who are mourning him during this hard hard time.
The acting world truly lost a great too early with the passing of Michael K Williams.
Rest in peace, Michael.