NEW YORK – “The Wire”’ actor Michael K. Williams was reportedly found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon.
The NY Post first reported the news, citing law-enforcement sources.
A representative of the actor confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” his long-time rep Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR confirmed to the trade publication.
TMZ reported that Williams was found dead in his apartment Monday after a relative hadn’t heard from him in a couple days and went to check on him.
Drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, suggesting a possible overdose, sources told the NY Post.
Williams, 54, was famous for his role as Omar Little in the TV series “The Wire” and as Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire.”
He also appeared in movies like “12 Years a Slave” and “Assassin’s Creed.”
The NYPD has not confirmed the report.