Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the world are mourning the loss of Michael K. Williams, a popular, trailblazing actor of our generation. Williams, who memorably starred in ‘The Wire,” passed away earlier this week.
The two starred together in the action thriller film “Snitch” back in 2013. The movie is based on the experiences of a Drug Enforcement Agency informant.
Dwayne Johnson Mourns Loss of Friend
Johnson fondly remembered the actor and their time together. He took to Instagram to share a heartfelt message and picture of the late actor. “You’ll be missed, brother. A real pleasure to work with you and call you a friend. Strength, mana & love to your family during this very difficult and heartbreaking time. Go rest high,” Dwayne Johnson wrote.
Additionally, others also shared their condolences on Johnson’s post. One person wrote, “Trailblazer in our industry and a very special talent. So sorry for your loss!”
Michael K. Williams Passed Away
Sadly, the actor passed away in his penthouse apartment in Brooklyn on Monday. He was 54 years old. According to People, the cause of death is still under investigation by authorities. There was reportedly some drug paraphernalia inside of the apartment. Authorities suspect it was possibly heroin with fentanyl that killed Williams. He was candid about his drug addiction, which stretches back to his teenage years. He grew up in the Vanderveer Projects of the East Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Several other past co-stars in addition to Dwayne Johnson were quick to offer heartfelt messages to the recently deceased actor. His co-star from “The Wire,” Wendell Pierce, wrote on Twitter regarding his death.
“The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.”
Williams’ role in “The Wire” is outright unforgettable. He played Omar Little starting in 2002, a gay Black man who has a reputation as a tough criminal in Baltimore.
In addition, his role in “Lovecraft Country” was his most recent and earned him his last Emmy nomination. The winners are getting the spotlight on September 19.
“We are so conditioned to mask our pain as Black men in America. We’re not allowed to cry, we’re not allowed to be vulnerable. We’re not allowed to be soft. I hope that Montrose will at least open up a conversation for Black men in America,” Williams said regarding his role in the show.