Here Are 6 Heartwarming Michael K. Williams Moments
Fans flooded social media with videos of Williams to recount notable life moments.
September 07, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Since the unexpected passing of Michael K. Williams, fans have flooded social media, reposting some notable moments from the actor's life.
Williams passed away on Monday after being found by his nephew in his Brooklyn apartment, as Blavity previously reported. As news spread of his passing, people reflected on his unforgettable spirit.
A Twitter user shared a video clip of Williams sitting down with Queen Latifah for an interview, sharing his inspiration for getting into showbiz and his first true love — dancing.
my favorite interview with michael k. williams was on latifah's show (they've been friends since they were 17) and he discussed how janet jackson's "rhythm nation" video made him get into showbiz, then latifah pulled a clip from his days as a backup dancer pic.twitter.com/fwvmJaJcSQ
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 6, 2021
"I saw a Janet Jackson video and lost my mind, it was "Rhythm Nation," and my lightbulb went off — 'that's what I want to do. I'm going to be a backup dancer for Janet Jackson,'" he recalled, admitting that his initial dream never happened.
The Lovecraft Country actor shared, however, that he did get a chance to go on and become a backup dancer, adding that he was also inspired by Queen Latifah.
And Williams even showed off his dance moves in a clip shared by a Twitter user.
Getting down in Issey Miyake pleats? Absolutely. https://t.co/3pTWqo0ImJ
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) September 6, 2021
In another tweet shared on Tuesday, The Wire actor was seen sharing smiles over some Caribbean food with Anthony Bourdain on his show No Reservations.
Williams dived into a plate of rice, curry goat and callaloo, seemingly putting Bourdain on to some of the Caribbean's most delectable dishes.
— James Crugnale (@jamescrugnale) September 7, 2021
While the cause of his death has not been revealed, people have cited Williams' battle with mental health and drugs. In a clip shared to Twitter, the five-time Emmy nominee revealed that his role on Lovecraft Country took him "on an emotional and mental roller-coaster that I was not prepared for mentally."
"And thank God I had the cast and these amazing angels around me to hold me up," he said before breaking down into tears.
Co-star Courtney B. Vance, who was present during the conversation, shared how the show "embraced" Williams, rather than let him go.
My word pic.twitter.com/31pDllJc2U
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) September 6, 2021
Rather than sharing a video, one person posted a throwback picture of Williams standing beside Michael B. Jordan as the two were all smiles.
This is such a sweet picture pic.twitter.com/V9vJQy1u8C
— Tassja❣️ (@MsMeBaby_98) September 6, 2021
But it was an interview that Williams did to discuss his role on The Wire that really touched his fans.
During the interview, the New York resident credited his role for helping him "heal."
Omar Little meant just as much to Michael as this character did to us pic.twitter.com/isb8pashM3
— certified lover kar (@karlogan_) September 6, 2021
"I get to have these characters show me parts of myself that I can fix, or make better, or get rid or just take a look at," he said.
He added that growing up, he was the complete opposite of his character Omar, saying that he had low self-esteem and a huge need to be accepted.
"The only thing I knew that I shared with Omar was his sensitivity and his ability to love and his ability to love deep. I knew I had that in me," he said.
Since his passing, Williams has been remembered by his fans, loved ones and castmates, with those close to him reflecting on his warm spirit and contagious smile.