Born and raised in Brooklyn, Williams was thrusted into the limelight for his portrayal of Omar Little on HBO's The Wire.
According to police, Williams' death is being investigated as a drug overdose.
Amid the passing of Williams, his impact on the entertainment industry is far and wide. Many stars and organizations are offering tributes to the star on social media.
A beautiful soul, a beautiful person, I'll miss you always. Thank you for blessing us with your talent 💔 https://t.co/Mt50HlY9CA— Mariah Carey (@Mariah Carey)1630966881.0
Damn. Just damn. Mr. Williams was such a Good, kind, wonderful man. He was so funny on Community and, of course, an… https://t.co/NeQGGV8xp5— Joel McHale (@Joel McHale)1630960996.0
So heartbroken. @BKBMG thank you for the beauty and joy you brought to the world. Sending love and prayers to your… https://t.co/G6XU7V0pcG— kerry washington (@kerry washington)1630967162.0
New York Knicks
We send our deepest condolences to the family of Michael K. Williams. A true New Yorker and a friend to @TheGarden… https://t.co/AZ9d3436dX— NEW YORK KNICKS (@NEW YORK KNICKS)1630977342.0
We are truly saddened by the sudden passing of Michael K. Williams, a genuine icon and a longtime friend of our VIC… https://t.co/pqJcVkunIA— VICE (@VICE)1630967920.0
I feel punched in gut to learn we’ve lost Michael K Williams. Soul anguished. Getting to work with him was one of t… https://t.co/gVIyzsKBKt— Edward Norton (@Edward Norton)1630969171.0
One of Michael K Williams’ greatest gifts as an actor was his ability to make you root for the villain. He made you… https://t.co/Gp5oU7S61p— Taylor Rooks (@Taylor Rooks)1630962519.0
Michael K Williams, in addition to being one of the most talented actors around, was also one of the kindest, sweet… https://t.co/rTq1GqpC0z— James Gunn (@James Gunn)1630961235.0
Our thoughts and prayers are with Williams' family and friends during this time.