MICHAEL K Williams’ grieving nephew has rejected the actor’s death was a drug overdose and has vowed the autopsy “will happen” after his uncle’s finding body.
Dominic DuPont, 43, said: “I’m not going to speak about what the police are alleging.”
Dominic DuPont has rejected the actor’s death was a drug overdose[/caption]
Michael was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment from a suspected drug overdose on Monday[/caption]
The Wire star Williams, 54, was found unresponsive in his penthouse from a suspected drug overdose on Monday.
DuPont told DailyMail.com: “Police have often had different views about things. Last I checked, there was not an autopsy done. And that will happen.”
His wife Staci said it was “not factual” that Williams died of an overdose.
A cause of death has not been revealed by the medical examiner.
But police said drug paraphernalia was found at the scene.
Williams opened up about his drug relapses and therapy battle after struggling with The Wire and Lovecraft Country roles in an interview just months before his death.
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Dominic Dupont said his uncle was “instrumental” in helping him get through his 20-year prison term.
Dupont spent two decades in prison after being convicted of murder at 19 over the death of a man during a fight to protect his twin brother.
He was given a prison sentence of 25-to-life but had the last five years commuted by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017.
New York-born Williams was best known for starring as Omar Little on the TV series The Wire.
He also starred on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie.
He had supporting roles in film and TV including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.
NYPD officials revealed to The Sun on Monday: “Michael was found dead by a relative around 2pm today at his Kent Avenue apartment in Brooklyn.
“He was alone when he was discovered. Illegal paraphernalia was found in the apartment.
“The medical examiner is currently investigating his cause of death.”