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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.

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Tamron Hall paid tribute to The Wire star Michael K. Williams who died of a heroin overdose at age 54.

Tamron opened Tuesday's edition of her nationally-syndicated show with a moving tribute to the humanitarian actor who is best known as Omar Little in iconic HBO series, The Wire.

She shared a clip from his recent appearance on her show and reflected on her interview with Williams saying it was "one of the most powerful shows and interviews I've done in my decades of reporting and interviewing people."

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Fighting back tears, Tamron recalled an emotional reunion she recently had with Williams in his Brooklyn neighborhood.

"We had this instant connection," she said. "We started talking and he said to me, "Thank you so much for allowing me on the show."

Tamron recalled Williams talking about his struggle with substance abuse, and how other talk shows wouldn't allow him to share his story.

Season three of "Tamron Hall" debuted Monday, September 6.

Friday, September 10: Tamron kicks off the first-ever Tam Fam Kindness Challenge, an inspiring show full of surprises and highlighting what people are willing to do for others.

Watch Tamron Hall's tribute to Michael K. Williams below.
 

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Michael K. Williams' final Instagram post was a video clip of comedian/actor Tracy Morgan passionately urging his fans "Don't cry for me," as he recalled his fatal limousine accident in 2014.

Williams, 54, captioned the post, "I love u brother! @tracymorgan #realOG."

Just six days later, on Sept. 6, Williams' nephew found his body in his penthouse apartment in Brooklyn.

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Police suspect the actor died of a heroin overdose due to the drug paraphernalia scattered around his body.

Twitter remembered Williams' most memorable TV characters, including the homosexual stick-up man, Omar Little, in HBO's The Wire, who robbed Baltimore drug dealers to give back to the poor.

"I don't get to assimilate into anything other than the black experience," he said in a September 2020 interview.

"For me to be given the opportunity to be a storyteller and to tell a narrative of people in my community that look like me, I wear that as a badge of honor — and a huge responsibility. I'm grateful for the gift of art — if nothing else, just for that."

In the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, Williams played Albert "Chalky" White, the sensitive leader of a crime syndicate in Atlantic City during prohibition.
 

 
Earlier this year, Williams was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Montrose Freeman in HBO's Lovecraft Country.

Williams went to therapy to address his struggles with drug addiction after wrapping his Emmy nominated role.

Colleagues remembered Williams' most memorable roles in emotional and poignant Twitter messages on Monday.

Many users posted a video clip of The Wire co-star Wendell Williams earnestly describing Williams as one of the greatest actors in television history.

Datpiff.com shared a video of Williams paying tribute to rapper DMX, who died of a drug overdose in April at age 50.

Actor Freddie Gibbs recalled losing his first big role to Williams.

Bevy Smith remembered her friend as a sensitive man who "fought hard for his humanity".

And actress Vivica A. Fox referred to Williams as "an AMAZING man, friend & AWESOME actor!"

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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.

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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.