Wendell Pierce Pens Message Remembering 'The Wire’ Co-Star Michael K. Williams

Wendell Pierce shares a series of tweets remembering 'The Wire' co-star Michael K. Williams in wake of the news that he was found dead at his Brooklyn home.

Wendell Pierce attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards.

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Wendell Pierce attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards.

The Wire star Wendell Pierce shared a series of heartfelt tweets Monday mourning the tragic loss of Michael K. Williams earlier today.  

“The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss,” Pierce wrote. “A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.” 

If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. His name was Michael K. Williams. He shared with me his secret fears then stepped out into his acting with true courage, acting in the face of fear, not in the absence of it. It took me years to learn what Michael had in abundance. pic.twitter.com/BIkoPPrPzg

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

THE WIRE brought us together and immortalized Omar & Bunk in that “scene” on a park bench.But for us we aimed to take that moment in time together and say something about Black men. Our struggle with ourselves, internally, and each other. For me & Mike we had nothing but respect pic.twitter.com/CfDW3rcY2c

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

“There is a certain immortality involved in theater, not created by monuments and books, but through the knowledge an actor keeps to his dying day that on a certain afternoon, in an empty and dusty theater, he cast the shadow of a being that was not himself……. pic.twitter.com/wcuOb58cnu

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

“but the distillation of all that he had ever observed; all the unsingable heart song the ordinary man may feel but never utter, he gave voice to. And by that somehow joins the ages.

Mike…….you joined the ages.

Farewell my friend,
Love Wendell pic.twitter.com/mrjtNWcIq5

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

Pierce, who played Detective William “Bunk” Moreland in The Wire, was part of the outpouring of tributes to the beloved actor, which included co-stars Isiah Whitlock Jr, Domenick Lombardoozi, and Tray Chaney. “Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said,” The Wire creator David Simon wrote via Twitter. “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.”  

Wendell Pierce on Michael K Williams as Omar Little and Chalky White: pic.twitter.com/frxcUW0HbY

— Aneesh (@aneeshswamy) September 6, 2021

Williams was found unresponsive in his Brooklyn penthouse, and pronounced dead early Monday afternoon. He was 54. 

Williams is up for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country. It’s his fifth nomination, but when asked about his latest nod in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published last month, he preferred to recognize his fellow cast and writers of the short-lived HBO series.  

“I was very, very happy to see the writers get their just due. The show was in the works for three years, being written and rewritten and rewritten,” Williams said. “Of course, Jonathan and Jurnee [Smollett, nominated for lead actress] — but I was very happy Aunjanue [Ellis, nominated for supporting actress] got her flowers.”

HBO recently released a statement addressing Williams’ passing. 

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