Michael K Williams tragically died just days after sharing a touching Instagram post...
Michael K. Williams' final post has left fans in tears...
He took to Instagram just 6 days before the tragic news of his death shocked the world.
The multiple Emmy nominee had notable roles in Bessie, The Night Of When They See Us, and this year HBO's Lovecraft Country.
The Brooklyn-born actor was known for his prominent facial scar that was a result of a bar fight on his twenty-fifth birthday.
Williams was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. He told the New York Times he had a hard time growing up after he was molested as a child and later went on to develop a drug problem.
He started his career appearing in music videos and then landed a role as a drug dealer in Martin Scorsese's 1999 drama Bringing Out The Dead. He then had a small part in The Sopranos before making a name for himself in The Wire.
Williams' movie roles saw him appear in The Road, Inherent Vice, and the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave.
But he is best known for his character Omar, the morally ambiguous, gay criminal who targeted drug dealers on the streets of Baltimore in The Wire.
Even former President Barack Obama was a fan of the character...
In 2012, he said Omar was his favorite, saying "that guy is unbelievable" in reference to Williams' portrayal on the big screen.
Fans and celebrities alike shared their tributes to the star...
Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweet… https://t.co/rTq1GqpC0z— James Gunn (@James Gunn)1630961235.0
Filmmaker James Gunn paid tribute to Williams, describing him as one of the "most gentle souls I've ever met."
He tweeted: "Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I've ever met. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all those who loved him."
Fellow actor Wendell Pierce, who played Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire, tweeted: "The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss."
The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensel… https://t.co/uQ2293Edxl— Wendell Pierce (@Wendell Pierce)1630962310.0
"An immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth."
Fellow co-star Isiah Whitlock Jr also tweeted that he was shocked to find out about Williams' death.
Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest… https://t.co/WlgWie5Ia5— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@Isiah Whitlock Jr.)1630959545.0
"Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul. May you RIP. God bless," he wrote.
David Simon, the creator of The Wire, posted a picture of the actor to Twitter and wrote:
Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey… https://t.co/CGFYOYIJ2j— David Simon (@David Simon)1630970075.0
"Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won't come."
Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, who also grew up in Brooklyn, shared a picture of himself and "[his] brother" together.
He wrote on Instagram: "Our Brother Passed Away Today In His Home, Da People's Republic Of Brooklyn. I'm Shook. Drinking A Bottle Of Italian Red Wine-Brunello Di Montalcino By Myself. Our Greats Are Leaving Us Left And Right. GOD BLESS."
Aisha Tyler, the actress, and director said Williams was a "beautiful, passionate, expansive soul."
Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all… https://t.co/knOv3BwrnG— Aisha Tyler (@Aisha Tyler)1630961247.0
She tweeted: "I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. He burned so very bright. Rest in power, MKW. You will forever be The King."
Meanwhile, Chance The Rapper referenced Williams's portrayal of Albert "Chalky" White on Boardwalk Empire.
He said: "A lot of people knew him as Omar, I knew him as Chalky. I'm sure his family knew him as Michael. Thanks for all you gave to encourage, enlighten and entertain people you didn't even know. Praying for your people."
Sadly, just last week, it was announced Williams had joined the cast of Sony's biopic of world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman.
He was set to play Doc Broadus, who was Foreman's trainer.
Williams was sadly found dead by family members who went to visit him at his Brooklyn apartment at around 2 PM on Monday.
But just days before his tragic death, he shared a post on social media.
Michael K. Williams' final social media post was a clip of comedian Tracy Morgan...
It showed him telling fans "Don't cry for me," while talking about surviving a fatal limousine crash back in 2014.
The fifty-four-year-old posted the clip on August 31 with the note, "I love u brother! @tracymorgan #realOG"...
His post came just 6 days before he was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his penthouse.
The forty-second clip is from Morgan's 2018 appearance on "The Breakfast Club" podcast...
Where he rejects any pity from the accident, which killed his friend and injured 4 other people.
"Don't cry for me. OK, I had a misfortunate accident. Don't cry for me. Cry for all the others, man," said the comedian.
"My grandmother told me when you think you doing bad, there's always somebody out there worse. There are people out there in the world with nobody to love and nobody to love them. How about that?"
Morgan then asks the hosts what they think happiness is, telling them "whatever they think is wrong."
"It's simpler than that. It's way simpler than that," he said. "You know what true happiness is? Having something to look forward to."
The Associated Press reports that Williams' death is being investigated as a drug overdose, citing the New York Police Department.
"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," his representative, Marianna Shafran, of Shafran PR told The Hollywood Reporter.
Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.