Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little in “The Wire” and was one of television’s most iconic stars in recent years, was discovered dead in his New York City apartment on Monday.
The actor of “The Wire,” a gritty thriller in which he played a gay armed robber who specialised in holding up drug dealers, was universally praised. From 2002 through 2008, the series was one of the most popular on television, airing for five seasons.
The New York Police Department is investigating his death as a probable narcotics overdose. Williams has been open about his drug problems in the past, particularly during the filming of “The Wire,” when he acknowledged that playing Little, a thief who robs drug dealers, damaged him in real life.
Before being urged to pursue acting by rapper Tupac Shakur, the actor worked as a backup dancer for Madonna and George Michael. In 2015, he became a “ambassador for stopping mass incarceration” for the American Civil Liberties Union, using his eventual prominence to promote social justice.
Many Hollywood stars are mourning the loss of this multi-talented actor. Dwayne Johnson, dubbed The Rock, shared a photo of himself with the caption, “Brother, you will be missed. Working with you and calling you a friend has been a great pleasure. During this terrible and heartbreaking time, I wish you strength, mana, and love for your family. Rest in a higher place.”
Michael felt the same way about Omar Little as we did about this character