Michael K. Williams — best known for his breakout role as Omar Little on “The Wire” — is dead from a suspected drug overdose … TMZ has learned.
According to law enforcement sources … Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday after a relative hadn’t heard from him in a couple days and went to check on him.
We’re told the actor was found in the living room of his home, and drug paraphernalia was on a table nearby … suggesting he may have died from an OD. NY Post first reported the death.
After years of minor roles on TV and movies, Williams became a household name as Omar — the gritty, streetwise and homosexual criminal on HBO’s “The Wire” … earning him critical acclaim and adoration from fans.
Williams would go on to star in several other hit HBO series’ — like “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Night Of” and more recently “Lovecraft Country” — as well as movies like “12 Years a Slave” and “Assassin’s Creed.”
One of the actor’s trademarks was his signature facial scar — the result of a bar fight he got involved in on his 25th birthday that almost killed him. According to Williams … the scar helped to launch his acting career, leading to calls to do music videos and some minor work playing a thug in TV shows.
Williams was a 5-time Emmy nominee, and when we last saw him we had a good convo about his nom for ‘Lovecraft.’