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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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Keyshia Cole
opened up about the death of her mother, Frankie Lons, following her sudden death last Sunday.

Frankie Lons died at her Oakland, California home on her 61st birthday following a suspected drug overdose.

Keyshia took to Instagram to remember her mother as she spoke about Frankie's passing for the first time. She shared a slideshow gallery of images featuring Frankie.

"This is so hard man," she wrote.

"Can't really even find the words. SMH. I honestly don't even know how to feel. You can never prepare for something like this... Ever!!! but you will be missed...

"I created this post to show my love and appreciation for your life and I would like to thank my fans + supporters, shooot your supporters and fans, for being here with us during these hard times, and the love that you all have for us.....the love for all your children was definitely felt."

Keyshia concluded by vowing to bring all of Frankie's children together "IN ONE PLACE, AT ONE TIME" to remember their mother. She wrote: "Even through our differences .... WE LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!"

Cole previously documented her mom's drug troubles on various reality TV shows, including Keyshia Cole My New Life.

Keyshia's sister, Elite Noel, announced their mom's death on Instagram.
 

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Janet Jackson penned an emotional tribute to her friend Ja'Net DuBois, after news of the star's death broke on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The famed character actress died of natural causes after passing away in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California on Tuesday. She was either 74 or 82 (her exact date of birth is unknown).

Jackson, 53, posted a heartfelt tribute to her former "Good Times" co-star and personal friend after hearing the news.

"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away," Jackson wrote, alongside a slideshow of snapshots of the pair taken over the years.

"I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."

She added: "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja'Net, I’ll miss you."
 

DuBois is best known for her portrayal as the projects gossip Willona Woods in the 1970s Norman Lear TV sitcom Good Times, which ran from 1974 to 1979.

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Jackson, then 11, joined the cast in the fifth season as Penny - a young girl adopted by Willona after she's abandoned by her abusive mother.

The pair reunited in 1987 when DuBois played the R&B icon's mother in the music video for her single "Control."

Lear also posted a tribute to the late actress and singer, sharing on Twitter, “Ja'Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, 'Movin’ on Up'," referencing the theme song to The Jeffersons, which DuBois wrote and sang.