NEW YORK (AP) â€” Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute drug intoxication in what New York Cityâ€™s medical examiner said Friday was an accidental death.
Williams, known for playing Omar Little on â€œThe Wireâ€ and an Emmy Award nominee this year, had fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system when heÂ died Sept. 6 in Brooklyn.
Williams, 54, was found dead by family members in his penthouse apartment. Police said at the time that they suspected a drug overdose.
The cityâ€™s Office of Chief Medical Examiner said it would not comment further. A message seeking comment was left with Williamsâ€™ representative.
Williams had spoken frankly in interviews in recent years about his struggle with drug addiction, which he said persisted after he gained fame on â€œThe Wireâ€ in the early 2000s.
â€œI was playing with fire,â€ he told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2012. â€œIt was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I donâ€™t know how I didnâ€™t end up in a body bag.â€
New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in an interview shortly after Williamsâ€™ death that he had spoken with the actor earlier this year about collaborating with the department on community outreach.
Williams had been working with a New Jersey charity to smooth the journey for former prison inmates seeking to reenter society, and was working on a documentary on the subject. Another project involved reaching out directly to at-risk youth.
â€œThis Hollywood thing that you see me in, Iâ€™m passing through,â€ Williams told the Associated Press last year. â€œBecause I believe this is where my passion, my purpose is supposed to be.â€
Omar, a rogue robber of drug dealers based on real figures from Baltimore, was hugely popular among fans of â€œThe Wire,â€ which ran on HBO from 2002 to 2008.
Williams also starred as Chalky White in HBOâ€™s â€œBoardwalk Empireâ€ from 2010 to 2014 and had roles in the films â€œ12 Years a Slaveâ€ and â€œAssassinâ€™s Creed.â€
Williams was nominated this year for an Emmy for supporting actor in a drama series for HBOâ€™s â€œLovecraft Country,â€ but lost Sunday to a star of â€œThe Crown.â€
Williams was remembered in the ceremonyâ€™s â€œIn Memoriamâ€ segment.
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