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Actor Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday afternoon, law-enforcement sources told The NY Post. He was 54.
Williams was found dead in the living room of his Kent Avenue penthouse by his nephew, sources said.
Police responded to a 911 call around 2 p.m. and suspected a heroin overdose after finding drug paraphernalia in the apartment, sources told The Post.
Williams is best known for his role as fictional Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little on HBO's crime drama "The Wire."
Williams also played Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire."
Williams was born in Brooklyn, the son of a Bahamian mother from Nassau and Booker T. Williams from Greeleyville, South Carolina. He was raised in the Vanderveer Projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.
He was sexually molested as a child. He told The New York Times that the molestation left him confused about his own sexuality.
After leaving school, Williams went on tour with Kym Sims as a background dancer. He toured with singer George Michael and Madonna, as well as worked in 50 music videos by age 22.
He also choreographed Crystal Waters' 1994 single "100% Pure Love"
Williams got his start as an actor after being discovered by rapper Tupac Shakur who cast him as High Top in the 1996 film Bullet.
Williams, left, is pictured with The Wire co-star Tristan Wilds.
The Wire actress Felicia Pearson credited Williams with discovering her in a nightclub and suggesting her for the role of Snoop in the series.
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The actress who played Snoop on HBO's crime drama "The Wire" was assaulted by a man outside a Baltimore strip club.
Cell phone video shows Felicia Pearson greeting a friend when another man sneaked up behind him and slapped Pearson hard.
The video shows Pearson and a woman identified as her stunt double fighting several men. The man who slapped Pearson was knocked to the ground but the video doesn't show who hit him.
That didn't stop social media from crediting Pearson's female stunt double with dropping the attacker.
Photos posted on Pearson's Instagram account shows the 41-year-old male-identified actress celebrating her birthday at the strip club with reality TV star Tammy Rivera Malphurs and Instagram models Dream Doll and JuJu.
Pearson captioned the post:
"It's my birthday thank you to my family and friends that came out... I was litty S/O to my sisters, they came and shut it down lol @charliesangelll @iamjuju_ @dreamdoll love y'all ! [photos by] @gmdtv [photos by] @brucetookit One of the best promoters in the world @nutscola111 love you and thanks always!!"
Watch the video of the assault below.
The Wire actor Andre Royo's wife has filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.
According to TMZ, Jane Choi filed the divorce petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Choi, lists the date of separation as 5 December, 2019
The 51-year-old character actor is best known for his role as Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins on the HBO crime drama The Wire.
The couple has one daughter, Stella Royo, who is a teenager, and Choi also asked the court not to award either of them spousal support.
The couple was married on 21 November, 1997.
In addition to his appearance on five seasons of the hit HBO series, Andre has also appeared on Fringe, Party Down, How to Make It in America, and Empire.
Andre attended Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx around the same time as future rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Actor Wendell Pierce spent Saturday morning cooling his heels in an Atlanta jail on a simple battery charge.
The portly 52-year-old actor is best known for his role as a Baltimore vice detective in HBO's acclaimed crime drama series The Wire.
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Nathan Barksdale has died at age 54 in a North Carolina federal prison. Barksdale was a Baltimore gangster who inspired several characters on HBO's hit TV series The Wire.
Barksdale was the inspiration for two characters on The Wire -- Avon Barksdale and Preston "Bodie" Broadus (played by J.D. Williams, pictured above).
Barksdale's reputation as a heroin dealer in the 1980s nearly cost him his life. He was shot 20 times by a rival drug dealer. He survived his injuries, but his right leg was amputated below the knee.
Barksdale turned his life around and went to work for the city Health Department lecturing kids on non-violence when The Wire's producer came calling.
Barksdale was arrested in 2014 during in a DEA drug sting investigating members of the notorious Black Guerrilla Family gang.
"I did some good," Barksdale said at his sentencing. "I'd like to think I saved some lives."
He was serving a 4 year sentence in federal prison when he died.
The soft spoken Baltimore drug dealer who portrayed the Deacon in HBO's hit TV series "The Wire" has died.
"Little" Melvin Williams passed away on Thursday after losing his battle with cancer.
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