NYPD Starts Investigation Into the Death of Michael K. Williams, Searching For His Alleged Drug Dealer
On Monday, “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams was found dead inside of his Brooklyn residence around at 2 p.m., according to the New York Police Department. Now, the NYPD is looking for a drug dealer who may have supplied Williams with the drugs that may have killed him.
According to TMZ, Williams’ death of an apparent drug overdose has sparked a criminal investigation and the police are trying to locate the drug dealer. Police officials believe that the drugs were heroin-based according to the drugs found at the site of Williams’ death.
The “Boardwalk Empire” star was discovered dead in his Brooklyn apartment where authorities found drug paraphernalia. Although an official autopsy has not been done yet, speculation is that he may have died through the use of drugs. A toxicology report, which could take weeks, should provide much-needed answers.
This past Monday, after not hearing from Williams for several days, a relative went to his apartment and found Williams already dead.
TMZ has also reported that New York State Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, who represents Williams’ old neighborhood of East Flatbush, stated that she and her team are working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in preparation to propose a bill that will be in his honor that would help lower the state’s prison population.
Hermelyn also stated that she plans to meet with his family about the pending bill when the time is right. The proposed bill will focus on the youth and Black and Latino individuals who currently encompass a disproportionate amount of inmates.
Williams was an ACLU ambassador for the cause of ending mass incarceration.
The venerable actor had a breadth of work that has received critical acclaim. Most recently, he received a 2021 Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, and a 2019 Emmy nod for When They See Us, where he played the father of Antron McCray, one of the Exonerated Five who was coerced into signing a false confession. He also played Omar Little, the rogue stickup robber of drug dealers in the hit HBO series The Wire.