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'The Wire' actor Michael K. Williams found dead

The exact circumstances surrounding his death are not yet known, but police are reportedly looking into a possible drug overdose. The 54-year-old was renowned for his roles in "The Wire" and "Lovecraft Country."

Actor Michael K. Williams

New York City police say Williams was found dead Monday afternoon at his penthouse

Actor Michael K. Williams, famed for his role in the American crime drama "The Wire," has died, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Monday.

The 54-year-old was found dead Monday afternoon at around 2 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, the NYPD confirmed.

His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, local media and the Associated Press reported, citing police.

Emmy nomination

As well as playing Omar Little in HBO's "The Wire," Williams was also known for his character Albert "Chalky" White in the series "Boardwalk Empire."

He received an Emmy nomination earlier this year for playing the role of Montrose Freeman in the television series "Lovecraft Country" and had appeared in numerous movies, including "12 Years a Slave" and "Inherent Vice."

But it was his portrayal of Little, a "stick-up boy" based on real figures from Baltimore, for which Williams became best known.

Tributes pour in

"The Wire" co-star Wendell Pierce was among many to pay tribute to Williams. In a seven-part tweet, he began: "The depth of my love for this brother can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss."

Pierce added that Williams was an "immensely talented man" and concluded by saying, "Mike ... you joined the ages. Farewell my friend, Love, Wendell."

Isiah Whitlock Jr., who was also one of Williams' castmates on "The Wire," called him an "amazing actor" who had "the biggest heart."

The widely acclaimed series "The Wire" ran on HBO from 2002 to 2008. The US television network also said it was "devastated" to learn of Williams' death.

The son of a mother from Nassau, Bahamas, and a father from South Carolina, Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1966.

His first forays into entertainment were as a dancer for artists such as Missy Elliot, Crystal Waters and Technotronic.

Williams is survived by his son, Elijah.

jsi/rs (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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