'The Wire' StarMichael K Williams Found Dead at 54 in New York Apartment

StarMichael K Williams

Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little in "The Wire" and was one of television's most iconic stars in recent years, was found dead in his New York City apartment on Monday, officials said the 54-year-old, which sparked an outpouring of sadness among fans and former coworkers, triggered an outpouring of grief among fans and former colleagues who starred as the renowned Baltimore stick-up guy in the trailblazing television series.

Williams was discovered dead in his Brooklyn apartment by a family member, according to a New York Police Department officer.The Brooklyn native was well-known for his role as a gay armed robber who specialised in robbing heroin dealers in the gritty thriller "The Wire."From 2002 through 2008, the series was one of the most popular on television, airing for five seasons.

Williams was well renowned for his portrayal of Albert 'Chalky' White on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire.""While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him," HBO said in a statement.David Simon, the former Baltimore crime reporter who wrote the show, said on Twitter that he was "too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said.""Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won't come."Tray Chaney, who played a drug dealer on the show, said he was "crushed.""No words. I love you bro. RIP to the legend Michael K Williams aka one of the dopest Actors/Brothers in the world," he said on Twitter.

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