Michael K Williams tragically died just days after sharing a touching Instagram post…
Six days before his death he shocked the world with a post he shared on Instagram.
Scroll down to find out why his final post has left fans in tears…
Williams was known for his notable roles in Bessie, The Night Of When They See Us, and this year HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
The actor had a prominent facial scar form bar fight on his twenty-fifth birthday.
He was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, he was molested as a child which made life hard and developed a drug problem later in life.
His career began by appearing in music videos and then landed a role as a drug dealer in Martin Scorsese’s 1999 drama Bringing Out The Dead. He also had a small part in The Sopranos before making a name for himself in The Wire.
Williams also appeared in The Road, Inherent Vice, and the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave.
However he is best known for his character Omar, the morally ambiguous, gay criminal who targeted drug dealers on the streets of Baltimore in The Wire.
Barack Obama was even a fan of the character…
In 2012 he mentioned that Omar was his favourite, in reference to Williams’ portrayal on the big screen.
Fans and celebrities both left tributes to the star…
James Gunn, filmmaker paid tribute to Williams, describing him as one of the “most gentle souls I’ve ever met.”
He tweeted: “Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all those who loved him.”
Fellow actor Wendell Pierce, tweeted: “The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss.”
“An immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.”
Isiah Whitlock Jr tweeted about his shock after finding out about Williams’ death.
“Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul. May you RIP. God bless,” he wrote.
Creator of The Wire, David Simon, posted a picture of the actor to Twitter and wrote:
“Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won’t come.”
Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, who also grew up in Brooklyn, shared a picture of himself and “[his] brother” together.
He wrote on Instagram: “Our Brother Passed Away Today In His Home, Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn. I’m Shook. Drinking A Bottle Of Italian Red Wine-Brunello Di Montalcino By Myself. Our Greats Are Leaving Us Left And Right. GOD BLESS.”
Aisha Tyler, actress and director said Williams was a “beautiful, passionate, expansive soul.”
She tweeted: “I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. He burned so very bright. Rest in power, MKW. You will forever be The King.“
Chance The Rapper referenced Williams’s portrayal of Albert “Chalky” White on Boardwalk Empire.
He said: “A lot of people knew him as Omar, I knew him as Chalky. I’m sure his family knew him as Michael. Thanks for all you gave to encourage, enlighten and entertain people you didn’t even know. Praying for your people.”
Sadly, just last week, it was announced Williams had joined the cast of Sony’s biopic of world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman.
He was set to play Doc Broadus, who was Foreman’s trainer.
On Monday afternoon Williams was sadly found dead in his Brooklyn apartment by family members who went to visit him.
Williams shared a post on social media days before his tragic death.
His final social media post was a clip of comedian Tracy Morgan…
It showed him telling fans “Don’t cry for me,” while speaking about surviving a fatal limousine crash back in 2014.
The fifty-four-year-old posted the clip on August 31 with the note, “I love u brother! @tracymorgan #realOG”…
The post came just six days prior to him being found dead in his penthouse from a suspected heroin overdose.
The clip was from an appearance on ‘the breakfast club’ podcast back in 2018.
Where he rejects any pity from the accident, which killed his friend and injured 4 other people.
“Don’t cry for me. OK, I had a misfortunate accident. Don’t cry for me. Cry for all the others, man,” said the comedian.
“My grandmother told me when you think you doing bad, there’s always somebody out there worse. There are people out there in the world with nobody to love and nobody to love them. How about that?”
Morgan asked the hosts what they thought happiness was, telling them “whatever they think is wrong.”
“It’s simpler than that. It’s way simpler than that,” he said. “You know what true happiness is? Having something to look forward to.”
Williams’ death is being investigated as a drug overdose.
“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 unsurmountable loss,” said his representative, Marianna Shafran.