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The Wire actor dies of apparent heroin overdose

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Michael K Williams has died at the age of 54 of a suspected heroin overdose.

Michael K Williams arrives for the premiere of ’The Public’ at the New York Public Library in New York, US, April 1, 2019. Picture: REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Michael K Williams has died at the age of 54 of a suspected heroin overdose.

MICHAEL K Williams, who was best known for playing Omar Little in The Wire, was found dead by his nephew at his home in Brooklyn, New York.

Marianna Shafran, his long-time representative, told 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 insurmountable loss.”

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed that the actor was found dead at home on Monday afternoon.

The actor also played racketeer Chalky White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

And the TV network has already paid tribute to the late star.

In a statement, HBO said: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years.

“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.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”

Wendell Pierce, Michael’s co-star in The Wire, also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor.

He wrote: “The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss.

“A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.”

Michael is survived by his son, Elijah.

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