Tributes are pouring in for beloved actor Michael K. Williams. The five-time Emmy-nominated Williams, known for his iconic roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and most recently Lovecraft Country, among many others, was found dead inside his Brooklyn apartment Monday at the age of 54.
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years,” the premium cable network said in a statement. “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. ”
Suicide Squad director James Gunn called Williams “one of the most talented actors around,” and “one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met, in a message on Twitter.
Also sharing remembrances are Damson Idris, Orlando Jones, Wendell Pierce, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Piper Perabo, Aisha Tyler, Jason Isbell and more. You can read them below and we’ll be updating as more come in.
Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle souls I’ve ever met. This is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with all those who loved him. ❤️
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 6, 2021
Rest in Peace Michael K. Williams. Gone far too soon. A man that taught me so much. Thank you for your wisdom. pic.twitter.com/qoOKxdnErF
— Damson Idris (@DamsonIdris) September 6, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021
Rest in Power Michael K Williams💔💔💔💔💔💔 Prayers Up. Spirits shook. Pain immense. Keep your head up family. We’ll pull through but first let’s give this black man every last one of his 💐🌺🌸🙏🏿 Hold on to the ones you 💕 pic.twitter.com/1dGUBEp4d9
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) September 6, 2021
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams 🕊was one of my favorite actors. The detail, truths, and heart his performances embody is immense. So sad to learn of his passing.
Rest in power Michael K. Williams. https://t.co/FKavkPLWbK
— Piper Perabo she/her (@PiperPerabo) September 6, 2021
Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. 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. pic.twitter.com/LuFY0tG9NA
— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) September 6, 2021
Michael K. Williams was a god damn genius, a black queer icon who challenged the ideas of black masculinity at a time when it wasn’t easy and a truly great dude. A huge loss.
— Travon Free (@Travon) September 6, 2021
I crossed paths with Michael K. Williams once in New York and I was too nervous to say hello, so I walked around the block trying to work up the nerve and still couldn’t do it. Just loved his work so much. This news is so sad.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) September 6, 2021
The world lost an immense talent today.
Rest easy, Michael K. Williams 🕊 pic.twitter.com/pZN0WY5hIR
— Complex (@Complex) September 6, 2021
For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. “We’re brothers, yo.” He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit. 💔💔
— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) September 6, 2021