New York, (EFE) – New York authorities confirmed this Friday that actor Michael K. Williams, known for giving life to the character of Omar Little in the television series “The Wire,” died of an overdose.
Williams’ body was found on September 6 in his apartment in Brooklyn (New York), and already then the authorities pointed to a possible overdose as the cause of death, since they found remains of possible substances and utensils for his consumption .
According to the New York medical examiner, Williams suffered from accidental severe poisoning from a mixture of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.
“After publishing the results, we will not comment further on the investigation,” said New York Office of Forensic Medicine spokeswoman Julie Bolcer.
Over the years, the interpreter had spoken publicly about his drug problems on several occasions, including during the period in which he shot “The Wire.”
In 2016, for example, he recounted in an interview with public radio NPR how he had found help in a New Jersey church at a particularly difficult time when addiction threatened to destroy his career.
Williams, 54, rose to fame as the charismatic thief and drug dealer Omar Little from “The Wire” (2002-2008), one of the most prestigious series in the history of television in the United States.
With an innate ability to get his way and an unusual wit, Omar Little became one of the most prominent (and feared) characters in this monumental television drama created by David Simon and that explored every corner in detail. from the city of Baltimore (USA)
Apart from “The Wire”, the interpreter had a notable career on the small screen with roles in highly regarded series such as “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2014), “The Night Of” (2016) or “When They See Us” (2019).
It was also seen in tapes such as “12 Years a Slave” (2013) or in the television movie “Bessie” (2015).