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‘The Wire,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ star was 54

Michael K. Williams, who played Omar Little in “The Wire” and Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire,” has died. He was 54. 

The actor was found dead Monday afternoon in his Brooklyn apartment, the New York City Police Department confirmed to USA TODAY. 

Williams appeared on many HBO series, including “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Night Of” and most recently, “Lovecraft Country.”

The actor’s films included “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”

Throughout his career, Williams received five Emmy nominations, four of them for outstanding supporting actor. 

In a 2012 interview with The Star-Ledger, the actor opened up about his history with drugs and how he went about it all while acting.

“I was playing with fire,” Williams told the news outlet at the time. “It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead.”



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