Actor Michael K. Williams died of an accidental drug overdose, according to the results of an autopsy.
“Cause of death: Acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Manner of death: Accident,” read a statement from the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, according to NBC News.
Williams, known for his roles as Omar Little in the critically acclaimed HBO TV drama “The Wire” and Chalky White in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” was 54 years old when he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Sept. 6, Fox News reported.
Unnamed sources told the New York Post that two days after Williams did not appear for an event he was scheduled to be at, a relative came to his apartment and found him face down. A substance that appeared to be heroin was on the kitchen table, the Post reported.
Williams had previously been open about his years-long battle with addiction.
“I was playing with fire,” the actor told NJ Advance Media in 2012. “It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.
“Eventually, I got so sick and tired of this charade. No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it,” he added.
“I’d be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty. I finally said, ‘I can’t do this no more.’ I didn’t want to end up dead.”
Williams said at the time he believed God saved his life “for a purpose.”
“I thought, ‘Why me? Why did I get spared?’ I should’ve been dead,” he said. “I have the scars. I’ve stuck my head in the lion’s mouth. Obviously, God saved me for a purpose. So, I decided to get clean and then come clean. I’m hoping I can reach that one person.”
He acknowledged in 2017, however, that his battle against addiction was not over.
“Addiction doesn’t go away,” he told The New York Times.
A record 93,000 people died of overdoses in 2020, The Associated Press reported.