THE Wire’s Michael K. Williams once admitted to past cocaine abuse and said, he nearly “ended up dead” before his tragic passing.
His past words are being remembered now following the shocking news of his death.
In a 2012 profile for NJ.com, the famous actor opened up about his drug abuse, and how he found himself in Newark, New Jersey’s most dangerous neighborhoods — doing drugs “in scary places with scary people.”
He said at the time: “I was playing with fire. It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead.
“When I look back on it now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.”
Michael went on and explained what made him clean up and get his act together: “Eventually, I got so sick and tired of this charade.
“No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it. I’d be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty.
“I finally said, ‘I can’t do this no more.’ I didn’t want to end up dead.”
He told the outlet about his hopes of impacting at least one person’s life and helping them on the road to getting clean.
The TV star said: “I thought, ‘Why me? Why did I get spared?’ I should’ve been dead. I have the scars. I’ve stuck my head in the lion’s mouth.
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“Obviously, God saved me for a purpose. So, I decided to get clean and then come clean. I’m hoping I can reach that one person.”
Nine years later, fans are now stunned to hear about Michael’s passing.
NYPD officials revealed to The Sun: “Michael was found dead by a relative around 2pm today at his Kent Avenue apartment in Brooklyn.
“He was alone when he was discovered. Illegal paraphernalia was found in the apartment.
“The medical examiner is currently investigating his cause of death.”
Michael’s rep also confirmed the death and said in a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.
“They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
Plenty of fans, including fellow famous faces expressed their disbelief, including Da 5 Bloods and Grey’s Anatomy actor Isiah Whitlock Jr.
He tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams.
“One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul.”
Just weeks before his death, Michael looked happy and healthy in a final photo at the Aretha Franklin biopic premiere.
The snap was taken at Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, as Michael was in attendance for the premiere of the film Respect.
MICHAEL’S ICONIC CAREER
The 54-year-old was best known for his role as Omar Little in the HBO drama series The Wire.
The New York native also played Chalky White in the hit show Boardwalk Empire.
He also earned in five Emmy nominations during his incredible career.
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