According to Reuters, Michael K. Williams, the actor best known for his role in HBO’s “The Wire,” was found dead in his New York apartment on Monday, according to the New York Police Department. He was 54.
Lieutenant John Grimpel, an NYPD spokesman, said Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment after a 2 pm (1800 GMT) emergency phone call to emergency operators.
The NYPD said there was an “ongoing investigation” into Williams’s death and that the New York City medical examiner will determine the cause of death at a later time.
Officials said he was found dead Monday afternoon in a penthouse apartment in Williamsburg near Kent Avenue and S. Ninth Street.
Williams, who received a 2021 Emmy nomination for his performance in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, also found fame for his role in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Little, a “stick-up boy” based on real figures from Baltimore, was probably the most beloved character among the devoted fans of “The Wire,” the HBO show that ran from 2002 to 2008 and is re-watched constantly in streaming.