How did Michael K Williams die?
The loss of Michael K. Williams hangs like a cloud over the the 2021 Emmys. The actor died of a suspected drug overdose at age 54 just two weeks before the ceremony, ending a body of work that yielded five Emmy nominations. Vanity FairEmmys 2021: Michael K. Williams Is Still Emmy-Less After Losing to Tobias Menzies
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The outstanding actress in a drama series nominee, 34, arrived at the 73rd annual award show on Sunday in a pale pink Dior ballgown and Bulgari jewels. Hair stylist Nikki Nelms swept her long locks into a twisted updo with volume on top and a sentimental hair accessory featuring William's initials pinned in the back.
After his passing, Smollett shared an emotional video tribute from the Lovecraft Country set, showing the cast surprising Williams with a birthday cake. "We love you," she captioned the behind-the-scenes clip.
Williams (who played Montrose Freeman in the HBO series) was also honored during the Emmy Awards' In Memoriam.
"Over the past year, we have lost so many of our loved ones," Uzo Aduba said in her introduction. "But we treasure our memory of each of them and we rejoice in having them in our lives."
During the In Memoriam, the awards show honored actors, actresses, and members of the entertainment industry who passed away, with Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste performing "River" at Sunday's ceremony.
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"It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," a rep for Williams told PEOPLE at the time. "They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss."
Wednesday's services took place at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral and were streamed on Facebook. Several stars were in attendance, including Queen Latifah, the co-creator of The Wire David Simon and Williams' The Wire costars, Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Andre Royo (Bubbles) and Jamie Hector (Marlo).
Williams portrayed Omar Little in the hit HBO series. The role has been lauded over the years for its complex depiction of a gay Black man with a reputation as a ruthless criminal in the streets of Baltimore.
Although his cause of death has not yet been determined, drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, the New York Post reported. A separate law enforcement source told PEOPLE that Williams died of a suspected overdose and that officials believe he may have used heroin laced with fentanyl.
The actor, best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO’s “The Wire,” died at the age of 54 earlier this month.
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"Michael, I know you're here; you wouldn't miss this. Your excellence and artistry will endure," Kerry said.View Entire Post ›
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Williams was terrific in a number of roles during his career, but there was no role he was better known for than playing Omar Little on The Wire. The way Williams brought that complex character to life made him one of the most beloved figures of the show, becoming something of a Baltimore icon despite being a native New Yorker. Many looked back on his work on The Wire and reflected on what he brought to the show and that character after his death, and on Sunday the Baltimore Ravens paid tribute in fitting fashion at their home opener on Sunday Night Football against the Chiefs.
Prior to running out on the field, the video screens went to black and Omar’s legendary whistle of “A-Hunting We Will Go” played over the speakers as the crowd grew louder and louder.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2021
It’s a terrific tribute to Williams’ iconic character but also, just generally, a sensational entrance for a football team. A number of fans immediately called for the Ravens to keep this entrance both to continue honoring Williams and also because it fits so well for a team coming out before a game.