Gbenga Akinnagbe is reflecting on his late The Wire co-protagonista Michael K. Williams.
Williams morto Monday at age 54. “È con profondo dolore che la famiglia annuncia la scomparsa dell'attore nominato agli Emmy Michael Kenneth Williams,” his rep told PEOPLE. “Chiedono la tua privacy mentre piangono questa perdita insormontabile.”
Martedì, Akinnagbe, 42, è apparso sul PERSONE ogni giorno podcast and paid tribute to Williams’ eredità.
“He was just a huge, genuine heart — a bleeding heart — and then it was easy to love,” Egli ha detto. “He believed in helping others and helping others help themselves. He was constantly talking about different non-profits he was trying to support or start, different folks he was helping to shelter. He was always doing things for other people.”
Akinnagbe also shared that making The Wire “bonded” the two actors together. The acclaimed HBO series, che è andato in onda da 2002 attraverso 2008, focused on the narcotics scene in Baltimore from the perspective of both the law enforcement officers and the drug users and dealers.
“We went through something beautiful and difficult, which was the making of that show together when nobody was paying attention to it,” Akinnagbe said. “We made that show and showed up when no one was paying attention. We did it for us, we did it for Baltimore, did it for the stories we were trying to tell. That bonded us, and Michael got that.”
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He said he’s “still in shock” about Williams’ Morte, adding that he’s “non è sicuro” how he died.
Williams was found dead on Monday afternoon at around 2 p.m. in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, an NYPD source told PEOPLE. His nephew discovered his body in the living room.
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Although his cause of death has not yet been determined, drug paraphernalia was found in the apartment, secondo il Posta di New York. A separate law enforcement source told PEOPLE that Williams died of a suspected overdose and that officials believe he may have had heroin laced with fentanyl.
“We knew that he struggled with addiction. Addiction is such a beast, it is such a beast, and it affects people with different socioeconomic backgrounds, just different races, and so on,” Akinnagbe said.
“That man’s lived so many lives,” ha poi aggiunto. “I’m more sad for us than him because he had such a full beautiful life. Voglio dire, there were ups and downs definitely, but that man, he tasted life. I respected that and I learned from that. There wasn’t anything that he felt like he couldn’t try or do. He was game to seize it. Voglio dire, this is more a loss for us than him. He had a beautiful life.”