Mariah Carey has paid tribute to actor Michael K. Williams after he was found dead in his New York apartment on Monday at the age of 54.
The American star, best known for his role as the charismatic Omar Little in HBO show The Wire, was discovered in his Brooklyn home ‘at around 2pm’ local time following a suspected heroin overdose.
Taking to social media on Monday evening, R&B legend Mariah, 52, shared images of herself and Williams during a past meeting, with the accompanying caption: ‘A beautiful soul, a beautiful person, I’ll miss you always. Thank you for blessing us with your talent.’
Farewell: Mariah Carey has paid tribute to actor Michael K. Williams after he was found dead in his New York apartment on Monday at the age of 54
Williams’ death is being investigated by the New York City medical examiner.
The New York Post quoted “law enforcement sources” in reporting his death from a “suspected heroin overdose”, but this has not yet been confirmed officially.
As well as The Wire, Williams, who had a distinctive facial scar from a bar fight on his 25th birthday, had roles in gangster series Boardwalk Empire and TV film Bessie, and had, over the years, spoken about his personal struggles with drugs.
Old times: Taking to social media on Monday evening, R&B legend Mariah, 52, shared images of herself and Williams during a past meeting
Tribute: Actress Viola Davis was among the stars paying tribute to Williams on Monday evening
He was a four-time Emmy nominee for Bessie, The Night Of, When They See Us and Lovecraft Country.
It was recently announced Williams had joined the cast of Sony’s untitled biopic of famed world heavyweight champion George Foreman. He was set to play Doc Broadus, who was Foreman’s trainer and mentor.
His other film roles included The Road, Inherent Vice and 12 Years A Slave.
Tragic: ‘A beautiful soul, a beautiful person, I’ll miss you always. Thank you for blessing us with your talent,’ Marah captioned her posts
However, Williams will be best remembered for Omar, the gay, morally ambiguous criminal who frequently targets drug dealers.
Wendell Pierce, best known for his role as Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire, tweeted: “If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. His name was Michael K. Williams. He shared with me his secret fears then stepped out into his acting with true courage, acting in the face of fear, not in the absence of it.
‘It took me years to learn what Michael had in abundance.’
Legend: As Williams portrayed iconic character Omar Little on The Wire, several of his castmates from the HBO series also took to social media to honor their former co-star
‘It took me years to learn what Michael had in abundance’: Wendell Pierce, who portrayed Detective William ‘Bunk’ Moreland, over all five seasons shared a thread on Twitter with heartfelt thoughts
Award-winning actress Kerry Washington said: “So heartbroken. @bkbmg thank you for the beauty and joy you brought to the world. Sending love and prayers to your friends, family and everyone who adored you me included We adore you Sir.”
Oscar-winner Viola Davis said: “No! So sad. Man do I wish this were a different ending. Rest well.”
Elsewhere Aisha Tyler, the actress and director, said Williams was a “beautiful, passionate, expansive soul”.
She tweeted: “I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all so fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. He burned so very bright. Rest in power, MKW. You will forever be The King.”
Tragic: Williams was a four-time Emmy nominee for Bessie, The Night Of, When They See Us and Lovecraft Country
‘Rest well my friend. JESUS!!! You will be missed deeply’: Taraji P. Henson, 50, took to Instagram on Monday to share a video of the five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee a