Michael K. Williams–‘Lovecraft Country’–Passes Away At 54

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,  BessieThe 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 TellTaleThe RoadBringing Out the DeadRoboCopThe PurgeAnarchyGhostbusters and Assassin’s Creed.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its sincere condolences to Williams’ family, friends and colleagues.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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