The Wire stars ‘crushed’ and ‘gutted’ over Michael K. Williams’ death in moving tributes

Hollywood stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to The Wire star Michael K. Williams after his untimely death.

The 54-year-old, who played Omar Little in the hit series, was found dead on Monday afternoon in his Brooklyn apartment.

HBO released a statement saying: “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.”

Michael passed away on Monday afternoon at his Brooklyn apartment

His The Wire co-star Wendell Pierce shared a lengthy tribute to the star, beginning: “The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss.

“A [sic] 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.”

He added that Michael often asked for his advice during his acting career and described his as “always truthful, never inauthentic”.

He described the pair as “two mischievous kids” said there was “small comfort that I know, you knew how much we loved you”.

Wendell Pierce starred alongside Michael in the The Wire
Wendell Pierce starred alongside Michael in the The Wire

“Farewell my friend,” he concluded.

The Wire’s writer and producer David Simon also penned a heartfelt tribute in which he said: “Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said.

“Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won’t come.”

Tray Chaney, who played Poot on The Wire, later wrote: “I can’t…I’m crushed. no words. I love you bro. RIP to the legend Michael K Williams aka one of the dopest Actors/Brother in the world. #Omar #TheWIRE FOR LIFE.

Other stars posted emotional tributes to the late actor
Other stars posted emotional tributes to the late actor

“I’m off the grid for a while hard to process this one. I love you bro smh damn.”

Other Hollywood star added their own messages of loss including Edward Norton who wrote: “I feel punched in gut to learn we’ve lost Michael K Williams. Soul anguished.

“Getting to work with him was one of the greatest privileges I’ve had in my career. My admiration for his talent was boundless, like so many. If he was in a scene he was the best thing about it. Period.”

Pee-Wee Herman actor Paul Reuben described how the pair met and said: “Getting to know him, he was everything I’d hoped he might be—funny, serious, deep, sensitive and joyful. He was absolutely beautiful inside and out. He loved to dance. And, that insanely gorgeous smile he had.”

He finished his tribute by saying: “I’ll miss you very much, Michael, but will certainly not ever forget you. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest In Peace, sweet, sweet man.”

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