Michael K. Williams–an Emmy Award nominee for HBO’s short-lived Lovecraft Country–passed away this week at the age of 54.
Williams’ body reportedly was found by his nephew in his Brooklyn, N.Y. penthouse apartment, according to Deadline. A cause of death has not been determined at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing.
HBO said in a statement that the network is “devastated” by the news of Williams’ passing. “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,” the statement continued.
During his distinguished career, Williams was nominated for five Emmy Awards for his roles in Vice, Bessie, The Night Of and When They See Us. Currently, he is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country, which was cancelled after one well-received season.
Williams’ standout work on the small screen also included his role as Omar Little in The Wire and his performance as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire.
Williams also appeared in such genre films as Tell–Tale, The Road, Bringing Out the Dead, RoboCop, The Purge: Anarchy, Ghostbusters and Assassin’s Creed.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its sincere condolences to Williams’ family, friends and colleagues.