Michael K. Williams’s cause of death was ‘acute intoxication,’ medical examiner says


The sudden demise this month of actor Michael Okay. Williams, finest identified for his roles in HBO sequence The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and Lovecraft Nation, was brought on by medication, the New York Metropolis health worker stated Friday.

The 54-year-old Williams, who was discovered lifeless in his Brooklyn condominium on Sept. 6, died from “acute intoxication by the mixed results of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine.” The workplace dominated that the way of demise was unintentional.

Michael K. Williams died at 54. (Photo: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)

Michael Okay. Williams died at 54. (Picture: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Photographs)

A rep for Williams didn’t instantly reply to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for remark. 

Over time, Williams had famous his struggles with drug use, significantly through the time when he was enjoying his breakthrough function of Omar Little in HBO’s critically acclaimed crime drama The Wire, from 2002 to 2008. He described this era as one in all doing medication “in scary locations with scary individuals.” 

“I used to be enjoying with fireplace,” Williams advised the New Jersey Star-Ledger in August 2012. “It was only a matter of time earlier than I received caught and my enterprise ended up on the quilt of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up lifeless. After I look again on it now, I do not understand how I didn’t find yourself in a physique bag.”

He stated that he “received so sick and uninterested in this charade,” of hiding his drug use.

“Nobody who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was permitting me to get excessive. I needed to slip away to do medication,” he stated. “I needed to disguise it. I would be gone for days at a time. I used to be lonely in that a part of my life. I used to be broke, damaged and beat up. Exhausted. Empty. I lastly stated, ‘I am unable to do that no extra.’ I did not wish to find yourself lifeless.”

In a July 2016 episode of Recent Air, he advised NPR’s Terry Gross that he finally turned to a New Jersey church for assist. He stated that he had discovered to show to prayer and meditation when he wanted to separate himself from his character — one thing that hadn’t at all times been straightforward for him.

“[When] The Wire and the character of Omar ended, I had zero instruments, personally talking, in find out how to cope with letting that go,” he stated. “I wasn’t going round robbing individuals or something silly like that, however I undoubtedly wore that darkish power that Omar was — he was a darkish soul, a tortured soul — and I simply … lived in that and that is what individuals was drawn to. … The traces received blurred.”

Following Williams’s demise, a number of the many individuals he’d labored with over his greater than 25 years within the leisure trade, equivalent to Kerry Washington and Jurnee Smollett, paid tribute.


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