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Death of 'The Wire' Actor Michael K. Williams Is a Symptom of Community Trauma

“Omar comin…” — The Wire

Emmy-nominated Michael K. Williams, most famously known by his iconic role — shotgun slinging, unapologetically gay, stickup man, Omar Little — on HBO’s “The Wire,” lost his life to an apparent overdose in early September. His portrayal of Robin Hood-esque Omar was arguably one of the greatest performances in television history. Like many in my generation, I’ve watched friends and family members be swallowed alive by crack and opioid addiction and mental health disorders. Unfortunately, Michael K. Williams was not immune to the disease of addiction or its lingering affects. A native of East Flatbush (Brooklyn), New York, Williams was a rare and raw talent. The loss of Williams to an apparent drug overdose sent yet

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