Williams was observed lifeless in his New York City condominium Monday afternoon, a legislation enforcement official informed CNN.

Investigators discovered drug paraphernalia close to his overall body, the official claimed. The investigation is ongoing, in accordance to a different regulation enforcement source who spoke to CNN.

“Our household has been shaken to the core of the loss of our Mike. Thank you to anyone who contacted us, flooded us with enjoy, and a lot more importantly, prayers. I will overlook my brother, my greatest close friend and birthday companion in this realm, but I know he will continue on to check out more than me and our loved ones in heaven as he did on earth,” Michelle Chambers, Williams’ sister, mentioned in a statement Tuesday.

CNN has contacted representatives of Williams for remark.

In a 2017 job interview with the New York Occasions, Williams spoke brazenly about his struggles with substance abuse.

“Addiction would not go away,” he explained at the time. “It’s an everyday battle for me, but I’m fighting.”

Williams, a Brooklyn indigenous, most just lately appeared in HBO’s “Lovecraft State” and the collection “F Is for Household.”

He grew to become an virtually iconic determine for numerous thanks to his position in “The Wire” as Omar Small, a shotgun-wielding character who manufactured his residing robbing drug sellers. He adopted that up as a mobster in the HBO Prohibition-era mob drama “Boardwalk Empire,” and most recently gained an Emmy nomination for another collection on the shell out community, the macabre “Lovecraft Place.”

Williams was following slated to co-star in Sony’s George Foreman biopic from George Tillman Jr., who was set to immediate.

Williams amassed a number of accolades all through his storied occupation, which includes five Emmy nominations. His very first was in 2015 for his function in “Bessie” and a different adopted two yrs afterwards for his portion in “The Night time Of.”

He was also the winner of a SAG Award for greatest ensemble with the forged of “Boardwalk Empire.”

On social media, Williams’ lots of colleagues and close friends recalled the depth, complexity and humanity he introduced to his people on screen and, above all, the gentleman he was off monitor.

“Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I felt so fortunate to have regarded him, and we have been all so fortunate to have appreciated his incredible expertise,” Aisha Tyler wrote on Twitter. “He burned so really dazzling.”

Director James Gunn additional: “Michael K Williams, in addition to remaining 1 of the most gifted actors around, was also 1 of the kindest, sweetest, most light souls I’ve at any time met. This is heartbreaking. My views are with all individuals who liked him.”

Musician Saul Williams wrote: “For yrs Wikipedia stated Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither a person of us chose to accurate it, instead we took it at its word. ‘We’re brothers, yo.’ He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it every time we could. A deep & sincere connection. A gorgeous spirit.”
His “Wire” co-star Wendell Pierce also joined the refrain of remembrances with a touching tribute.

“The depth of my like for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my discomfort studying of his decline,” he wrote. “A immensely talented gentleman with the capability to give voice to the human ailment portraying the lives of individuals whose humanity is seldom elevated till he sings their reality.”

CNN’s Brian Lowry and Marianne Garvey contributed to this report.