Emmy-nominated actor Michael K. Williams, best known for his role on the Baltimore-based HBO series “The Wire,” has died, a New York police spokesperson confirmed Monday. He was 54.
Police said they responded to Williams’ apartment in Brooklyn at 2 p.m. Monday and found him dead. His death was first reported by the New York Post.
“The cause and manner of death are pending further studies following the examination,” a spokesperson for the city’s chief medical examiner said.
Investigators are looking at whether Williams died by overdose, according to police.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” a representative for Williams’ family said.
Williams is nominated for an Emmy for his performance as Montrose Freeman in HBO’s “Lovecraft County.”