Jonathan Majors has honored his Lovecraft Country co-star Michael K. Williams in an op-ed for Variety. In the article, Majors talks about what it has been like in the days after Williams’ unexpected death Monday at 54 years old.
“Today the world is a different place,” he wrote. “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.”
Majors went on to describe Williams as “[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.”
He revealed how he met Williams in 2016 when they were cast to play LGBTQ rights activist Ken Jones in the ABC miniseries “When We Rise” at different stages in his life. He said that even though they didn’t share any scenes, “we shared the same spirit, being assigned the same role.” The bond they created, he wrote, would help them when they were cast in Lovecraft Country together father and son.
“…He was an angel–a guardian angel–a man who put others ahead of himself at every turn,” Majors continued. “He was his brother’s keeper to his last day…The last thing that was said between Michael and me just a few days ago, in closing an interview, was a simple ‘I love you bro,’ ‘I love you bro, for real.'”
Majors described his heart as being in “pieces” before adding that he feels Williams’ spirit.
“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,” he wrote. “Everyone he touched will understand that he is not far away. Though gone, he’s closer than we think. Resting finally, taking his joy and might to another space and continuing with fervor the pledge ‘I am my brother’s keeper,’ smiling that toothy grin, his eyes shining and his raspy voice whispering, ‘I love you,’ only now sporting his newly minted wings.”
Majors’ article is the latest in the outpouring of grief and love Black stars and fans have shown Williams this week. Stars that have sent their condolences and reflected on memories with Williams include fellow Lovecraft Country co-star Aunjanue Ellis, The Wire co-star Isiah Whitlock Jr. and When They See Us co-star Jharrel Jerome.