May 23, 2022

Actor Michael K. Williams, best known for ‘The Wire,’ dies at 54

Michael K. Williams, best known for his Emmy-nominated performance on The Wire, has died, according to reports from multiple outlets. He was 54.

“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” Williams’ publicist Marianna Shafran said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter. “They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”

Williams was found in dead in his Brooklyn residence at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, according to the New York City Police Department. His acting credits include series such as The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Night Of, and When They See Us; as well as films Inherent Vice, 12 Years A Slave, Gone Baby Gone, and The Road. He is currently in Emmy consideration for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Lovecraft Country.

“The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss,” said Williams The Wire co-star Wendell Pierce in a tweet. “A 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.”