Michael K Williams Autopsy Reveals Cause Of Death

by : Emily Brown on : 25 Sep 2021 09:21
Michael K Williams Autopsy Reveals Cause Of DeathAlamy

An autopsy has revealed the cause of death for actor Michael K Williams, who was found dead in his New York City apartment earlier this month.

Williams, who was best known for his role as Omar Little on The Wire, was discovered unconscious and unresponsive by his nephew on September 6, with drug paraphernalia near his body.


In the wake of the tragic news, Williams’ sister, Michelle Chambers, described her family as being ‘shaken to the core’ with the loss of the actor, who was 54 at the time of his death.

Michael K. Williams (Alamy)Alamy

Law enforcement sources told CNN at the time the investigation into Williams’ death was ongoing, however his cause of death has now been confirmed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Officer.

Williams died from ‘acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine’, according to the autopsy, with his passing determined to have been accidental in nature.


In 2017, the actor spoke candidly about having issues with substance abuse as he told the New York Times ‘addiction doesn’t go away’. He added, ‘It’s an everyday struggle for me, but I’m fighting.’

As well as starring in The Wire, Williams has received praise for his role of gang boss Albert “Chalky” White in Boardwalk Empire, as well as more recently appearing in HBO’s Lovecraft Country, for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Michael K. Williams in The Wire. (HBO)HBO

News of the actor’s passing prompted a wealth of tributes from fellow actors and adoring fans, with Chambers offering her thanks to everyone who contacted the family and ‘flooded [them] with love and more importantly, prayers’.


She added, ‘I will miss my brother, my best friend and birthday partner in this realm, but I know he will continue to watch over me and our family in heaven as he did on earth.’

A mural honouring Williams is set to be unveiled in the actor’s home town of Fort Greene, Brooklyn this weekend.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Celebrity, Addiction, New York, no-article-matching, Now, overdose


  1. CNN

    Michael K. Williams died of an accidental overdose, medical examiner determines