American actor Michael K. Williams, “Omar” in the cult series “The Wire”, who was found dead at his home in New York on September 6, died of an “accidental” overdose of fentanyl, heroin , and cocaine, the New York medical services announced on Friday.
According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which called the death “accidental”, Michael K. Williams died at age 54 of “acute poisoning, by the combined effects of fentanyl (a potent opioid), of p -fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine ”.
“There will be no further comment,” the office said in a message to the media.
The actor was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, the New York borough where he grew up.
Michael K. Williams, whose face was crossed out with a long scar, had become widely known and appreciated by playing Omar Little, atypical character in the series “The Wire” by David Simon.
In this gripping dive into the daily life of Baltimore’s poor neighborhoods, his portrayal of a lonely homosexual criminal, with his own moral code and principles, had been hailed by critics and the public.
In an interview with American radio NPR, in 2016, he had recounted how he himself struggled in his real life with his drug addiction while playing in “The Wire”.
He had been nominated five times at the Emmy Awards, without winning the award, the last time in 2021 for his role in the series “Lovecraft Country”.