Actor Michael K. Williams, most notably known for his roles in "The Wire," "Boardwalk Empire," and "The Night Of," died at the age of 54, according to US media reports on Monday.
The New York Police Department confirmed that the actor was found dead in his Brooklyn residence on Monday.
"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," his long-time rep Marianna Shafran confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter.
Apparatus required to ingest drugs were found in Willam's apartment, which hints at a possibility of a drug overdose, the New York Post reported.
Williams, who was born and reared in Brooklyn, New York, began his career as a performer at the age of 22 when he began dancing professionally. Williams chose to pursue acting professionally after several appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on Madonna and George Michael's concert tours, according to his official website.
He appeared in numerous shows directed by Mel Williams, including several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the renowned National Black Theatre Company, and the Theater for a New Generation.
Discovered by the late Tupac Shakur, Williams made his feature film debut in the urban drama "Bullet." In addition, he starred in Martin Scorsese's film "Bringing Out the Dead."
"Roles in The Road," "Gone Baby Gone," "Life During Wartime," "I Think I Love My Wife," and "Wonderful World" are among his other film credits.
He also had a co-starring role with Dwayne Johnson in the forthcoming film Snitch.
However, Williams most memorably played Omar Little in "The Wire" and Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire."
Omar Little became one of television’s most memorable characters and for his work, Williams was nominated in 2009 for an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series."
Williams has also guest-starred in three episodes of "Community," NBC’s comedy series. His other television credits include "Law & Order," "CSI," "The Philanthropist" and "Boston Legal."
He also had a recurring role on "The Sopranos" and J.J. Abrams’ "Alias."
The actor’s work often attracted awards attention, including three Emmy nods for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his work in "When They See Us," "The Night Of" and "Bessie." Recently, he has been in Emmy contention for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on "Lovecraft Country."