Autopsy: actor Michael K. Williams died of drug poisoning | national


FILE – Actor Michael K. Williams poses for a portrait at the Beverly Hilton during the Television Critics Association’s 2016 Summer Press Tour on Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. Williams, 54, died of acute drug poisoning, New York City medical examiner said on Friday, September 24, 2021. Williams, known for playing Omar Little on “The Wire,” had fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl , heroin and cocaine in his system when he died on September 6 in Brooklyn.

Chris Pizzello

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Actor Michael K. Williams has died of acute drug poisoning in what the New York medical examiner said on Friday was an accidental death.

Williams, known for playing Omar Little in “The Wire” and an Emmy nominee this year, had fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his body when he died September 6 in Brooklyn.

Williams, 54, was found dead by family members in his penthouse. Police said at the time that they suspected a drug overdose.

The city’s chief medical examiner’s office said it would not comment further. A message requesting comment was left for the Williams representative.

Williams had spoken candidly in interviews in recent years about his struggle with drug addiction, which he said continued after his fame on “The Wire” in the early 2000s.

“I was playing with fire,” he told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2012. “It was only a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or go to jail or worse, I ended up dying. ”Looking back now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in an interview shortly after Williams’ death that he spoke with the actor earlier this year about working with the department on community outreach.


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