Michael K. Williams, Actor Who Made Omar A TV Icon, Dies At 54

“The Wire’’ actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Williams, 54, was found dead in the living room of his Kent Avenue penthouse by his nephew, sources said.

Sad and stunning news as the NYP is reporting that Michael K. Williams has died suddenly at just 54. The actor's portrayal of Omar Little on "The Wire" put the NYC native on the map and gave us one of the most indelible performances in the history of the medium. Thanks to the talent and charisma of Williams, a shotgun-wielding guy with a giant facial scar who robbed dope dealers for a living became an unlikely beloved fan favorite and enduring TV figure almost 20 years after we first met him in this memorable scene...

(THR)--HBO said in a statement, “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years. While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”

Williams also left his small screen mark in "The Night Of", "Lovecraft Country" (where he earned an Emmy nom), and as Chalky White on the Atlantic City gangster drama "Boardwalk Empire". He also had memorable roles in GONE BABY GONE, THE ROAD, INHERENT VICE, and 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

But it was his sublime and inimitable work as Omar that made him one of the most recognizable faces on TV in the 21st century. Williams made Omar a fearsome and funny thief while showing his human side thus giving audiences a pathway to empathy they might not typically find for a guy who rips-and-runs for a living. Because of his stellar work, fans of "The Wire" openly rooted for Omar.

Williams had been open about his past and this is a great read about his struggles and successes…

Some of his former castmates also shared their thoughts online…

Just terrible news. Deepest condolences to his family and friends.