MICHAEL K. Williams shared a poignant last post on Instagram before his sudden death aged 54.
The Wire actor shared a video last week that showed his comedian pal Tracy Morgan saying “don’t cry for me” while discussing his near-fatal 2014 car accident.
Michael was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment from a suspected drug overdose on Monday.
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His last post appeared to have been shared on Wednesday and Michael captioned it, “I love u brother!!!”
It showed Tracy, 52, speaking passionately during a radio interview, where he said: “Don’t cry for me. Okay, I had a misfortunate accident. Don’t cry for me! Cry for others man.
“My grandmother told me when you think you doing bad, there’s always someone out there worse. There’s people out there in the world with nobody to love and nobody love them.
‘WHAT IS HAPPINESS?’
“How about that! What is happiness? What is happiness? Whatever you think it is wrong. It’s simpler than that. It’s way simpler than that.
The clip ends with this final comment from Tracy, “You know what true happiness is? Having something to look forward to.”
In 2014 Tracy was riding in a limousine when it was struck by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike.
His friend comedian James McNair was killed in the horrific crash. Tracy was critically injured and put into a coma for two weeks.
Tracy once admitted that he contemplated suicide while on the long road to recovery.
“I suffered some terrible injuries – traumatic brain injury,” he said to Rolling Stone.
“I broke every bone in my face, my ribs. I pulverized my femur. I’m from the ghetto and after I came out the coma I was blind for a week and where I come from you don’t want to be blind for a second. All kinds of s**t started coming up missing in my hospital room.
“My thoughts – I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk.”
New York-born Michael was best known for starring as Omar Little on the TV series The Wire.
He also starred on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie.
He had supporting roles in film and TV including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.
NYPD officials revealed to The Sun on Monday: “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.”
Fans and fellow stars in the entertainment industry mourned Williams’ loss on social media.
Da 5 Bloods actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. tweeted: “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams.
MOURNING A STAR
“One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul.”
Country folk superstar Jason Isbell said: “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.”
Another longtime admirer wrote: “Michael K Williams brought every character he played to spectacular life. Chalky White, Omar Little, Montrose Freeman, Freddy Knight. The list goes on and on. Just heartbreaking news.”
“Rest in peace, Michael K Williams. I will never forget your legendary performance as Omar Little. One of my favorite characters ever,” a fan said in a tribute.
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