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  • Writer's pictureAlex Matthews

The Academy Mourns Michael K. Williams

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

Michael K. Williams, the wonderful actor known for performing on HBO’s “The Wire,” and “Boardwalk Empire,” has passed away at 54 years old today. The cause of death is still unknown.

Among Williams’ most recent performances was Montrose Freeman in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” for which he received a 2021 Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. He also strived to make the world a better place, creating the organization "Making Kids Win", a non-profit that helps build community centers in urban neighborhoods and provides safe spaces for many youths.

Many were heartbroken by the news of his passing, including fellow actor Aldis Hodge, writing on Instagram:

“I can’t even believe this. Rest in power, Mike. You were always a good brother. A fantastic artist and an even better human being. We’ll miss you.”


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