‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star LL Cool J Tributes Michael K. Williams After Actor’s Tragic Death

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Count NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J as one of those who were devastated by Michael K. Williams’ death.

LL Cool J, the NCIS: Los Angeles star, posted a photo of Williams on Instagram and captioned it “Rest in power.”

LL Cool J and Michael K. Williams were a couple of actors of the same age from New York. And they had brilliant careers still ahead of them. LL Cool J is 53, Williams was a year older. Williams, who starred in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and Lovecraft Country, was found dead at his home in Brooklyn at about 2 p.m, Monday.

Williams is up for an Emmy later this month for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work in Lovecraft Country. He already had three career Emmy nominations, receiving nods for his work in When They See Us, The Night of and Bessie.

TMZ reported that police went to Williams’ home after a relative reported he hadn’t been seen in a couple of days. TMZ, quoting law enforcement sources, reported that Williams died of a likely drug overdose. The actor had talked about his drug use in previous interviews.

“The characters that mean the most to me are the ones that damn near kill me,” Williams told the New York Times. “It’s a sacrifice I’ve chosen to make.”

LL Cool J, the NCIS: Los Angeles star, was a friend of Williams. Here they are in happier times. This was back in the summer of 2017 for the Moving Mountains Award Presentation in New York.

(Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

LL Cool J Took a Break from NCIS: Los Angeles to Return to NYC

LL Cool J took a break from filming NCIS: Los Angeles last month to head back home to New York. He wanted to be part of the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert in Central Park. Severe storms forced the cancellation of most of the outdoor concert. But LL Cool J got to show off the entertainment skills that made him a hip-hop star decades ago.

He grew up in Queens. That’s where he started his music career. So for the concert, LL Cool J asked some of his fellow hip hop stars from NYC to perform, too.

The concert was packed with superstar talent. LL Cool J performed his signature song, Mama Said Knock You Out. He then combined with Rev Run for Run-DMC’s It’s Tricky. His hip hop segment included New York stars Grand Master Flash, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, Melle Mel, Scorpio and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star loves to use social media to send out motivational themes. A week ago, he posted “You didn’t come this far, to only come this far.” It seems relevant today, too.

The season 13 premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles is Oct. 10.