Autopsy Shows That Actor Michael K. Williams Died Of Drug Intoxication
The medical examiner in New York City ruled the death of actor Michael K. Williams an accident due to acute drug intoxication.
Williams, who played Omar Little on “The Wire” and was nominated for an Emmy this year, passed away on September 6 in Brooklyn with fentanyl, para fluoro fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in his system.
Michael K. Williams Cause of Death
At 54 years old, relatives discovered Williams dead in his penthouse apartment. It was reported at the time by the police that they believed the victim had overdosed on drugs.
The city’s chief medical examiner has declined further comment. Williams’ representative was contacted for comment. Williams admitted in interviews over the past few years that he continued to deal with heroin addiction even after he became famous from his role on “The Wire” in the early 2000s.
“I was playing with fire,” he told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2012. “It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid, or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.”
In an interview given shortly after Williams’ death, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea recalled a conversation he had with the actor earlier this year in which they discussed doing community outreach together.
Williams was working on a documentary about the efforts of a New Jersey charity to help formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into society. In another initiative, young people who were in danger were contacted face-to-face.
Williams told the Associated Press earlier this year, “This Hollywood thing that you see me in, I’m passing through. I believe this is where my passion and purpose are supposed to be.”
Fans of “The Wire,” an HBO series that ran from 2002 to 2008, adored Omar, a rogue robber of heroin dealers based on real figures from Baltimore.
In addition to his performances in “12 Years a Slave” and “Assassin’s Creed,” Williams was a mainstay on HBO‘s “Boardwalk Empire” from 2010 to 2014 as Chalky White.
Williams, who played a supporting role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” was nominated for an Emmy this year but lost on Sunday to a star of “The Crown.”
The celebration included a “In Memoriam” segment in which Williams was recalled.
4 Men Charged in Connection to Overdose
Authorities said they had prosecuted four persons they suspect to be part of a drug distribution crew in connection with the overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams months ago.
Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of Michael K. Williams. #ComplexNews pic.twitter.com/Jqm8pWCbdR
— Complex (@Complex) February 2, 2022
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Damian Williams and NYC Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, all four were arrested on Tuesday and were being held based on criminal complaints in Manhattan federal court. One of the defendants was arrested in Puerto Rico.
Williams became famous as Omar Little on The Wire and was found dead after allegedly ingesting fentanyl-laced heroin. Three defendants were set to make their initial appearances in Manhattan federal court on narcotics conspiracy charges.
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