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Michael K Williams: The Wire star found dead at home aged 54

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The Wire actor Michael K Williams has been found dead aged 54 at his home in Brooklyn, police said. Williams, best known for playing the charismatic Omar Little on HBO's acclaimed crime drama, was found at about 2pm local time on Monday.

The New York police department said there was an "ongoing investigation" into the star's death. As well as The Wire, Williams, who had a distinctive facial scar from a bar fight on his 25th birthday, had roles in gangster series Boardwalk Empire and TV film Bessie.

He was a four-time Emmy nominee for Bessie, The Night Of, When They See Us and Lovecraft Country. Last week, it was announced Williams had joined the cast of Sony's untitled biopic of famed world heavyweight champion George Foreman.

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