Actor Michael K. Williams poses for a representation astatine the Beverly Hilton during the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour successful Beverly Hills, Calif., connected July 30, 2016. (Chris Pizzello/AP Photo)
NEW YORK—Actor Michael K. Williams died of acute cause intoxication successful what New York City’s aesculapian examiner said Friday was an accidental death.
Williams had fentanyl, parafluorofentanyl, heroin, and cocaine successful his strategy erstwhile helium died Sept. 6 successful Brooklyn.
Williams, 54, was recovered dormant by household members successful his penthouse apartment. Police said astatine the clip that they suspected a cause overdose.
The city’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner said it would not remark further. A connection seeking remark was near with Williams’ representative.
Williams had spoken frankly successful interviews successful caller years astir his conflict with cause addiction, which helium said persisted aft helium gained fame connected “The Wire” successful the aboriginal 2000s.
“I was playing with fire,” helium told the Newark Star-Ledger successful 2012. “It was conscionable a substance of clip earlier I got caught and my concern ended up connected the screen of a tabloid oregon I went to jailhouse or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look backmost connected it now, I don’t cognize however I didn’t extremity up successful a assemblage bag.”
New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said successful an interrogation soon aft Williams’ decease that helium had spoken with the histrion earlier this twelvemonth astir collaborating with the section connected assemblage outreach.
Williams had been moving with a New Jersey foundation to creaseless the travel for erstwhile situation inmates seeking to reenter society, and was moving connected a documentary connected the subject. Another task progressive reaching retired straight to at-risk youth.
Williams was nominated this twelvemonth for an Emmy for supporting histrion successful a play bid for HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” but mislaid Sunday to a prima of “The Crown.”
Williams was remembered successful the ceremony’s “In Memoriam” segment.