September 24, 2021 4:25PM EDT
‘The Wire’ star’s tragic decease astatine 54-years-old was named an accidental overdose by the New York City main aesculapian examiner.
Michael K. William‘s death was attributed to an overdose of a substance of fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine by a spokesperson for the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s bureau connected Friday September 24, via Variety. The 12 Years A Slave actor had died connected September 6 successful his Brooklyn location astatine property 54. The officials said that helium had been surrounded by narcotics erstwhile helium was found.
Michael was best-known for his relation arsenic Omar Little on The Wire, but helium starred successful galore critically-acclaimed roles passim his career. Throughout his life, helium was nominated for 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, with his astir caller coming for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his show on Lovecraft Country in 2021.
Michael had been unfastened astir his struggles with addiction successful interviews, and it occasionally informed his performances. One of his astir caller movies was 2021’s Body Brokers, which focuses connected corruption wrong a rehab center, according to IMDb. The histrion spoke openly astir his struggles with drugs successful a February interrogation with Marc Maron on the comedian’s WTF podcast. “Anybody that’s heard maine talk before, I’m not shy astir it. Relapse is simply a portion of my story,” helium said astatine the time. In the aforesaid interview, helium talked astir however definite characters did impact his issues with addiction. “I’ll archer you who did travel maine the f**k up: Freddy Knight connected The Night Of, when helium was sniffing dope and the reasons why: the escapism. That was precise acquainted to my journey, to my conflict with this disease,” helium said.
The histrion ne'er shied distant from describing the hard information of his conflict with substance maltreatment successful interviews. “I was playing with fire,” helium told Inside New Jersey in 2012. “No 1 who was successful my circle, who knew maine arsenic Mike, was allowing maine to get high. I had to gaffe distant to bash drugs. I had to fell it. I’d beryllium gone for days astatine a time. I was lonely successful that portion of my life. I was broke, breached and bushed up. Exhausted. Empty. I yet said, ‘I can’t bash this nary more.’ I didn’t privation to extremity up dead.”