Michael K. Williams did not walk away with an Emmy Award for his role in Lovecraft Country, but he did not leave without being honored. Prior to announcing that Tobias Menzies of The Crown had won the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series" category, Kerry Washington acknowledged Williams's impact on Hollywood prior to and in the wake of his untimely passing.
"Michael was...a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left us far too soon. Michael, your excellence and artistry will endure. We love you," she said.
Two weeks ago, The Wire star was found dead in his New York apartment at 54 years old. NBC 4 reported that drug paraphernalia was found at Williams's apartment, but the city's medical examiner has not yet confirmed that the actor died of an overdose.
In the wake of Williams's death, his colleagues, friends and family were shaken to the core. Most notably, his Lovecraft Country co-star Jonathan Majors issued a written tribute to the accomplished actor.
"Today the world is a different place. Mother Earth is missing one of her most unique children, the laugh, ferocity, kindness, gentleness and artistry of one of her most beautiful boys, Michael Kenneth Williams. A member of this great human race, of this incredibly challenging and rewarding industry, a Brooklyn boy through and through, and one of my dearest of friends and brothers," Majors wrote in a tribute posted by Variety.
"On this day my heart sits in pieces, to have lost this warrior, this ferocious angel, this unique artist, my friend, the protector of the promise and my brother. Words fail, but I feel him near, watching over us all. Everyone he touched will understand that he is not far away."
Williams's impact on Hollywood will live on and on. Not to mention, he's set to star in season two of Vice's Black Market.