The Wire star Michael K Williams tipped to win his first Emmy for Lovecraft Country after tragic drug overdose death

TV veteran Michael K Williams is now expected to win his first Emmy for the drama series Lovecraft Country after he died of an alleged drug overdose.

The Wire star, 54, was found by a family member face-down in his penthouse in Brooklyn, New York on Monday.

Williams is now tipped to win an Emmy as best supporting actor for his role as Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It's reported that he was among the frontrunners for the award – days before the final round of voting ended on August 30.

The renowned actor played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire but was never nominated for his role in the crime series.

He has been nominated for an Emmy five times in the last seven years.

In 2015, he was nominated for the best supporting actor in a limited series award for his role in Bessie in 2015, and The Night Of in 2016.

English writer and actor O-T Fagbenle of the Handmaid’s Tale and The Crown’s Tobias Menzies are also among the nominees.

If he wins, Williams will only be the seventh posthumous winner in the award ceremony’s 73-year history.

Previous posthumous winners include actresses, Audrey Hepburn, Diana Hyland, and Alice Pearce.

Read our Michael K. Williams live blog for the very latest news and updates…

Cops told The Sun that the TV and film veteran was surrounded by illegal drug paraphernalia.

Tributes have poured in from family members and celebrities after news of Williams’ death emerged.

Hours after his uncle’s tragic passing, Arvance Williams told the New York Post that the news was "heartbreaking".

He said: “I still can’t wrap my head around it. I was just with him. I just bought him some fabric so he can go to the Emmy’s to put under his blazer.

“He just got nominated for an Emmy and he was going to LA, so he was real excited about that (sic).

“My uncle was such a sweet person. A lot of the characters he played as mean and gangster — it was a joke, because he was totally not that way."

Nephew Booker T. Williams, said: "My uncle was loving. My family loved him. He loved our family.


"He loved our community, and he did everything in his power to show love."

Entertainment stars have also expressed their condolences.

Da 5 Bloods actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. tweeted: "Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams.

"One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and soul."

Author Stephen King shared a tribute: "Horrible, sad, and unbelievable to think we’ve lost the fantastically talented Michael K. Williams at the age of 54."

His body was found on the 49th birthday of his The Wire actor Idris Elba.

The actor shared a video last week that showed his comedian pal Tracy Morgan saying "don't cry for me" while discussing his 2014 near-fatal car accident.

Williams starred on The Wire between 2002 and 2008.

From 2010 until 2014, the New York native also popularly played Chalky White in the hit show Boardwalk Empire.

He also starred in the drama series When We Rise, When They See Us, and the Ben Affleck thriller film Gone Baby Gone.

The actor is survived by his adult son, Elijah Williams.

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