Pauley Perrette appears on the LGBT Love In Action Telethon
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The Wire star Michael K. Williams has sadly passed away following a suspected heroin overdose at the age of 54. As tributes to the acclaimed actor pour in, former NCIS regular Pauley Perrette posted her own heartfelt message on her Twitter page.
Pauley Perrette, best known as NCIS forensic scientist Abby Sciuto, has paid tribute to actor Michael K. Williams after he was reportedly discovered dead in his apartment on Monday.
The actress recalled meeting Williams as young actors in their 20s and developing a close friendship.
She wrote: “My beloved brother. I am… I love you.
“We were like kids when we met. In our 20’s, Dancing around NYC.”
“And then our talks as “grown ups”. Forever and forever in my heart. I love you.”
The television and film star was best known for his starring role as Omar Little in HBO’s acclaimed crime series, The Wire.
Both stars appeared in the 2017 docudrama series When We Rise chronicling the history of LGBTQ rights in the United States.
They have also both appeared in episodes of CSI before landing breakout roles in major TV dramas.
Sources have reported Williams’ was found unconscious by his nephew in his Williamsburg apartment with what appeared to be heroin on the kitchen table.
He was then reported dead by authorities shortly after 2pm on Monday, September 6.
Williams’ rep Marianna Shafran released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter later the same day.
She said: “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams.”
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“They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
Perrette’s tribute to her fellow actor drew a number of supportive responses from her Twitter followers.
One Twitter user commented: “So so sad I loved him as Omar in The Wire thoughts are with you, his friends and family x”
“I’m so sorry to hear that,” wrote another. “Be strong Pauley.”
“We will keep to support [sic] you as much as we can. You’re so beautiful together, we will never forget him.”
Michael K. Williams most recently starred in another HBO project, last year’s historical horror Lovecraft Country alongside Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett.
His performance as Montrose Freeman earned him his fifth Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
He also received nods for his roles in TV film Bessie, miniseries The Night Of and When They See Us, and the HBO documentary Vice.
The star was also recognised by the NAACP awards for his starring roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire.
NCIS season 19 premieres Monday, September 20 on CBS.
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