“The Wire” producer David Simon wrote on Twitter that he was “destroyed”. Williams played Omar in the classic HBO series.
“Michael was a good man and a rare talent and on our journey he always deserved the best of words. And today those words will not come,” Simon wrote.
Wendell Pierce, who starred as Detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire” with Williams, wrote, “The depth of my love for this brother can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning about his loss. One Extremely talented person with the ability to voice the human condition portraying the lives of people whose humanity rarely rises until he sings their truth. If you don’t know, you better than anyone may ask. His name was Michael K. Williams. He shared his secret with me. Then Fear stepped into his acting with true courage, acting in the face of fear, not in its absence. What Michael has in abundance It took me years to know that.”
He continued: “He was proud of the artist he had become, after asking long for my advice he shared any excitement, always truthful, never unprofessional. Most kind person. Two mischievous kids Like, we’d laugh and joke whenever we met. Like in Baltimore years ago, The Wire brought us together and immortalized Omar and Bunk in that ‘scene’ on the park bench. But for us, we took that moment as a We aimed to get along and say something about black men. Our struggle with us, internally, and for each other. We had nothing but respect for me and Mike. So, my brother Mike, There’s a little comfort for you I know, you knew how much we love you.”
Williams was found dead at her home in Brooklyn on Monday. He was 54 years old.
“I remember you coming on set even when you weren’t on the call sheet. Just for a hug. To cheer us up. Strolling like the king that you were. Just a flash to give some love For – then gone. I remember summer nights in NYC and how you loved the people of your city. I remember our work at work, always connected and communicating and digging and building because you were so open and ready Give it your all. I remember you sent me a picture of yourself as a youth and shared with me that the boys whose story we were telling were a reflection of you – and we’re going to fix that. Were leaving,” DuVernay wrote.
Isiah Whitlock Jr. wrote, “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the best brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul. RIP you. God bless.”
Aisha Tyler wrote, “Michael Kay Williams was a beautiful, passionate, huge soul. I felt so lucky to know her, and we were all so lucky to have enjoyed her incredible talent. She burned so bright. Rest in power, MKW. You will be king forever.”