As the fans and contemporaries continue to mourn the passing of Michael K. Williams, the actor’s official cause of death has been revealed.
On September 6, Williams – famed for his roles on shows such as ‘The Wire’ and ‘Lovecraft Country’ – was found deceased at his New York apartment by a relative after being unreachable for a number of days.
He was just 54.
Now, a coroner has confirmed that the star – who has been open about his struggles with substance abuse – died of a fatal drug overdose.
The official cause of death is acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. Furthermore, the manner of death was ruled as being accidental.
Best known for playing Omar Little on the critically acclaimed “The Wire” and Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams most recently starred on “Lovecraft Country,” another HBO title, for which he received a supporting actor 2021 Emmy nomination.
Among Williams’ other notable TV credits are “F Is for Family,” “When They See Us,” “Hap and Leonard,” “When We Rise,” “The Night Of,” “Community” and “Bessie.” On the film side, the actor is best known for “12 Years a Slave,” “Assassin’s Creed,” “Inherent Vice,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”
Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn by his Bahamian mother and South Carolina native father. He enrolled in the National Black Theatre in New York City as a teen to escape some troubles he faced in his youth.
The beloved actor was known for his signature facial feature, a large scar he received when he was slashed with a razor blade during a bar fight in New York City on his 25th birthday.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with his loved ones.