New York: Michael K Williams — who portrayed notorious stick-up man Omar Little on “The Wire” — was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in his Brooklyn penthouse.
News of the death of the 54-year-old, who starred as the iconic Baltimore stick-up man in the groundbreaking television series, triggered an outpouring of grief among fans and former colleagues.
The actor’s representative said it was “with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.”
Williams won widespread acclaim as Omar Little, a gay Baltimore armed robber, in The Wire and also appeared in dramas and film including Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave and Lovecraft Country.
He received multiple Emmy nominations, the top television awards in the United States.