Akon insists the rich and famous have more problems than poor people. The Senegalese music mogul gave insight into the lives of the well-to-do after the untimely death of his friend, Michael K. Williams.
Michael was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse from an apparent heroin overdose on Monday, Sept. 6. He was 54.
The "I Wanna Love You" rapper is convinced Michael's death is yet another example of what the "facade of success" can do to a person.
"This business creates an environment where everyone's wearing a mask. The famous and the rich go through more issues than the poor. More money, more problems," said Akon.
The 48-year-old rapper urged substance abusers to seek help and find healthier ways to cope with their problems.
He told TMZ:
"I would advise anyone who's on any kind of drugs of that nature just let it go. There's other ways to cope with issues and challenges in your life besides drugs and alcohol."
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Akon - who has always claimed to be drug-free - proudly shared how he deals with his problems and how he is unashamed to ask for help when he needs it.
"I face my problems head on. Whatever challenges I have I'll face it, because if you don't face it it's gonna haunt you. I'm not afraid to ask for help. If I need it, I'm gonna ask."
Akon confirmed he had not seen his friend Michael since before the coronavirus pandemic, but he called the "The Wire" star an "amazing person" who was "super funny and super talented."
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Michael was vocal about his lifelong struggles with drug addictions.
Less than a week before his body was discovered by his nephew, the "Boardwalk Empire" actor seemed to urge fans not to "cry" for him in a cryptic post on Instagram.
The post featured a clip of his friend Tracy Morgan urging fans not to pity him while talking about surviving a fatal limousine crash in 2014.
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In the clip, the 52-year-old comedian said: "Don't cry for me okay. I had a misfortunate [sic] accident. Don't cry for me. Cry for all the others, man.
Morgan was seriously injured and fellow comedian James McNair died when a limo they were riding in was struck by a Walmart truck.
Kevin Roper, 37, pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and four counts of third-degree aggravated assault in a New Jersey court in 2014.