Actor Michael Ok. Williams, who died of a suspected heroin overdose Monday, devoted himself to serving to maintain metropolis children protected from violence when the five-time Emmy nominee wasn’t appearing on hit TV exhibits like “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”
“Brooklyn is mourning one in every of its native sons,” the borough’s president and Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams tweeted shortly after information broke in regards to the East Flatbush native’s passing.
“Michael Ok. Williams was a generational expertise and a tireless advocate for social justice. As Omar in The Wire, he as soon as mentioned ‘typically who you’re is sufficient.’ Michael was all the time unabashedly himself — and he will probably be deeply missed,” Adams wrote.
The 54-year-old — presently a 2021 Emmy Award nominee as finest supporting actor in a drama for “Lovecraft Nation” — was discovered lifeless in his luxurious Williamsburg penthouse Monday afternoon.
Williams based the nonprofit Making Children Win that gives alternatives to teenagers who’re liable to getting concerned in gun violence.
The activist actor, who grew up in public housing in East Flatbush, testified at a Metropolis Council listening to final yr to help NYPD reform.
Sage Younger, a literacy advocate, additionally praised Williams’ charitable work.
“I was on employees at one of many many organizations Michael Ok. Williams supported, and he was the one movie star you can all the time depend to point out up,” Younger tweeted.
“He shared his time, expertise, and spirit with these children, and the impression of that can’t be overstated,” she added.
Williams additionally donated his time to a different youth group referred to as Operation Who Counts.
“We’re partaking our youth, we give them the assets and the funds to construct our block,” Williams mentioned on the “Helpful Idiots” podcast final fall.
“Our youth are partaking their blocks to get voted, to be counted within the Census. We play music. We had a marching band. It’s communal, and it’s so stunning,” he mentioned.
Williams penned a column that ran in newspapers throughout the nation after George Floyd’s dying to advertise the work of yet one more anti-violence youth nonprofit, NYC Collectively.
That group “engages youth and officers to reimagine options to neighborhood issues, lessening the necessity for conventional legislation enforcement intervention,” he wrote.