Williams as my brother. What a life and career.One of the best television characters of all time. I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. And today those words won't come.— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 6, 2021

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The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. Didn't tell anyone who he was, just walked a packet and came back then took pictures with the staff. Williams on His New HBO Documentary, Raised in the System

Tags: Rest, Michael K Williams… https://t.co/jV9OmfaqZh— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 6, 2021

Michael K Williams was a wonderful talent and even better community spokesman and activist … They ask for your privacy while grieving this insurmountable loss,” Williams’s family said in a statement. It was Inherent Vice. “I believe we have enough resources within our community that we should be able to go back into our cities and take back our kids, the ones that are perpetrating and the ones that are being perpetrated upon — they’re all ours,” Williams told Vulture in 2018. A deep & sincere connection. He burned so very bright. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

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First big role I auditioned for I lost it to Michael K Williams. I wasn’t mad I was actually proud that my name was even next to his. “We’re brothers, yo.” He shared poems with me. Williams, best known for his work on The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday, Vulture can confirm. Williams is just heartbreaking. Rest In Peace— Peter Rosenberg (@Rosenbergradio) September 6, 2021

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For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams’s cause of death, ruling it an accidental drug overdose. My thoughts are with all those who loved him.” The Wire creator David Simon posted a picture of Williams on Twitter, and wrote, “Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Rest in peace, my brother. Photo: Getty Images

Actor Michael K. Breaks my heart. A 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. More recently, his roles in Lovecraft Country, When They See Us, The Night Of, and the HBO biopic Bessie garnered him Emmy nominations. He inspired me to keep going after that thank you MKW. Williams was a god damn genius, a black queer icon who challenged the ideas of black masculinity at a time when it wasn't easy and a truly great dude. According to the police, Williams was discovered by a family member. Tributes to Williams flooded social media in the wake of his death, with James Gunn writing, “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. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. Williams: One of the kindest, gentlest, most genuine, giving and courageous souls I've ever met. One of our great actors.— John Lithgow (@JohnLithgow) September 7, 2021

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Michael K. The talent. RIP #MichaelKWilliams. And today those words won’t come.” See more tributes to Williams below. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) September 6, 2021

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Goddamn it. He was a fixture in all community affairs in Brooklyn/NYC …. My thoughts are with all those who loved him. He was 54. A huge loss.Somebody tell God, Omar coming.#RIPMichaelKWilliams pic.twitter.com/Ch4iEoCVvS— Travon Free (@Travon) September 6, 2021

Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. In 2018, he released an HBO documentary on juvenile incarceration titled Raised in the System. You will forever be The King. Related

Michael K. Great human.— Bill Hyers (@HyersBill) September 7, 2021

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Michael K. Update, Friday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m.: The New York City medical examiner has released Michael K. 💔💔— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) September 6, 2021

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Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. 🙏🏿 #RIP— Big 🐰 (@FreddieGibbs) September 7, 2021

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The loss of Michael K. 🙏🏾💔 #MichaelKWilliams pic.twitter.com/RuC6hg60Ro— bevysmith (@bevysmith) September 7, 2021

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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. A beautiful spirit. Williams’s portrayal of The Wire’s enigmatic Omar Little earned him widespread critical acclaim, and beginning in 2010, he starred as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. pic.twitter.com/K2ex1vhA88— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) September 6, 2021

Devastating. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. Rest in power, MKW. “It’s an everyday struggle for me, but I’m fighting.”

Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. pic.twitter.com/LuFY0tG9NA— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) September 6, 2021

With reporting from Victoria Bekiempis. We lost one of our best, most talented. This is heartbreaking. This is heartbreaking. #MichaelKWilliams pic.twitter.com/tqjAnGhQDY— Lance Reddick (@lancereddick) September 7, 2021

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The disappearing acts of #MichaelKWilliams ❤️🖤 pic.twitter.com/Zx3sJzI4f9— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) September 7, 2021

Reading all of the condolences, he was so loved, he personified LOVE, he had such a heart, was a very sensitive soul, the hood tried to rob him of his sensitivity but he fought hard for his humanity, I’m gutted! ❤️— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 6, 2021

I was the midwest director for Obama in 2008, true story #MichaelKWilliams (Omar) showed up to our Gary Indiana office and asked to canvass the housing projects. Omar Little. Williams was also active in community outreach in his native New York City, founding a nonprofit called Making Kids Win to combat gun violence and youth incarceration. God bless.— Isiah Whitlock Jr. I am stunned to be writing this. An amazing actor and soul.May you RIP. Vulture confirmed with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that his official cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.” Williams was open about his struggles with addiction over the years, telling the New York Times in 2017, “Addiction doesn’t go away,” he said. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could.