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“The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire” Star Michael K. Williams Has Passed Away

We are very sorry to share the news that multi Emmy nominated actor Michael K. Williams has died. The star of such critically acclaimed series as “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “When They See Us” was reportedly found unresponsive in his New York apartment.

The NYC Police department confirmed to Variety that Williams was found at his home, deceased. A further statement was released sometime later indicating his death was being investigated as a possible drug-related overdose. According to reports, drug paraphernalia was found in his home, as well as heroin.

Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR, Williams’ longtime agent, released the following:

“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.”

He was 54.

Our thoughts go out to his friends, family, and costars at this time.

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