The Wire actor Michael K. Williams has been found dead in his apartment at the age of 54.
The American star, best known for his role as Omar Little in HBO’s acclaimed crime drama, was found in his New York apartment at 2 a.m. local time on Monday, according to the PA News Agency.
The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Along with The Wire, Michael also had roles in the gangster series Board Walk Empire and the TV movie Bessie.
He was Bessie, The Night Off, When He Sees Us, and was a four-time Emmy nominee for Leo Craft Country.
Last week, it was announced that he had joined the cast of the untitled biopic of Sony’s famous world heavyweight champion George Foreman.
He was drafted to play Dr. Broads, the foreman’s trainer and mentor.
His other film roles included Road, Hereditary Naib and 12-year-old A. Ghulam.
However, Michael will be remembered most for his age, homosexuality, morally vague criminal who often targets drug dealers.
Jesus Whitlock Jr., who co-starred with Williams in The Wire, paid tribute to his co-star on Twitter.
He said: “The death of Michael K. Williams shocked and saddened. One of the best-hearted brothers on the planet. An amazing actor and soul.
Filmmaker James Gunn describes him as “one of the most gentle souls.”
He tweeted: “Michael Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met.
“It’s heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all the people who loved it.”