New York, United States:
US actor Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little in the widely acclaimed television series “The Wire,” has died of an accidental drug overdose, authorities said on Friday.
The 54-year-old, who played the iconic Baltimore wanker on the groundbreaking show, was found dead earlier this month in his New York apartment.
The New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office said in a statement that Williams’ cause of death was “acute poisoning from the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine”. The death was an accident, authorities said.
The Emmy-nominated actor was widely praised for his role in “The Wire,” in which he played a gay armed robber who specializes in detaining drug traffickers. He has received several Emmy Award nominations for his work on various shows and films.
The series went on to become one of the most popular shows on television and ran for five seasons from 2002 to 2008.
Williams was also well known for the role of Albert “Chalky” White in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”, among others.
Williams had spoken openly about his past struggles with drug addiction and told US media that he spent a large portion of his earnings from “The Wire” on narcotics.
His work as Omar caught the attention of a future president, with then-senator Barack Obama calling Williams’ role in “The Wire” his favorite and “fascinating character.”
Williams’ role was reinforced by a facial scar he received during a street fight in New York on the night of his 25th birthday, when a man slashed him with a razor.
He told NPR in an interview that the pronounced scar actually helped advance his career, as he went from auxiliary dancer status in music videos for stars such as Madonna and George Michael to speaking roles playing. raw characters in drama shows.
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