Michael K Williams’ cause of death has been revealed as an “accident” after he overdosed on fentanyl-laced heroin and cocaine.
The Wire actor was found by family members in his Brooklyn apartment earlier this month.
At the time, sources said drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment and Associated Press reported that his death was being investigated by the NYPD as a possible drug overdose.
The New York City medical examiner now confirmed that the actor’s death was an overdose after taking a mixture of drugs.
His autopsy confirmed that he had traces of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system when he died.
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is used as a pain medication and is known to be highly addictive due to its potency.
While the drug is similar to morphine, it is reported as being as high as 50 to 100 times stronger and can cause death if mixed with other substances or if too high a dose is administered.
The iconic actor became addicted to cocaine in 2004, with Williams admitting he was “playing with fire.”
Speaking to the New Jersey Star-Ledger in 2012, Williams said: “I was playing with fire, 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.”
The actor had been due to attend the Emmy Awards after he was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Montrose Freeman in the HBO series Lovecraft Country.
He also famously played Chalky White in the series Broadwalk Empire and Omar Little in The Wire – both also made by HBO.
Williams’ longtime representative Marianna Shafran had confirmed the actor’s tragic death at the time.
She told the Hollywood Reporter: “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.
“They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
While HBO issued a statement about his death: “We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years.
“While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”
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