A recent autopsy report after the tragic demise of actor Michael K. Williams revealed the cause of his death to be an accidental drug overdose. The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the Emmy nominated actor died due to excess fentanyl-laced heroin and cocaine in his body.
The reports come almost 3 weeks after ‘The Wire’ actor was found dead at his Brooklyn, NY penthouse. Celebrities and fans alike were devastated after the sudden news of his demise on September 6th. He was honored with a ceremony at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and later laid to rest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Michael K. Williams was known for his tender and heartfelt roles in films, for which he received much acclaim and awards.
His major roles include Lovecraft Country, Body Brokers, Boardwalk Empire, When They See Us, among many others. But his most beloved character was Omar Little in “The Wire“. In an interview with Star-Ledger in 2012, he said, “People didn’t even call me Mike, they called me Omar.”
Michael K. Williams in that same interview talked about his history with drugs, along with his struggle with his identity. Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett among many other co-stars and industry peers poured their sentiments over social media.
“When @jakesmollett called to tell me, my brain went ‘hell naw that’s not true, let me call Michael.’ And I called him. I called him over & over until my brain said stop, he’s gone. I couldn’t breathe,” she told fans and viewers through her Instagram soon after the decedent’s funeral.