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Michael K. Williams has died at the age of 54

Michael K Williams, the acclaimed actor best known for his roles in The Wire as Omar Little and  in Boardwalk Empire as Albert 'Chalky' White, has died at the age of 54.

Williams' passing was confirmed to entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter by a representative for the late actor.

"It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams," said the statement.

"They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss."

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It is reported that Williams was found dead at his New York home on Monday afternoon.

The New York Police Department confirmed to Variety that the actor was found dead inside of his Brooklyn residence.

The native New Yorker was nominated for an Emmy nominee earlier this year for his performance in the horror-drama series Lovecraft Country.

The awards are due to take place later this September.

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Williams had previously been Emmy-nominated for his work on When They See UsViceThe Night Of and Bessie.

In a tweet, The Wire creator David Simon wrote: "Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said. Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won't come."

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In a statement, HBO, the US cable giant behind The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, said: "We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years.

"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. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss."

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