“Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams” Isiah Whitlock Jr. tweeted. “One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. An amazing actor and a great soul. May you RIP. God bless.”

Aisha Tyler described Williams as a “beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I was so happy to have known him and we were all very fortunate to have enjoyed his incredible talent. It burned so brightly. Rest in power, MKW The King. ”

Wendell Pierce, who starred alongside Williams on The Wire, tweeted, “The depth of my love for this brother can only be reached through the depth of my pain as he learned of his loss. [An] an immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition by portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom exalted until he sings their truth. “