Wendell Pierce, Ava DuVernay Mourn Michael K. Williams: 'You Moved Many'

Celebrities and former colleagues shared tributes to Michael K. Williams Monday night following news of the actor's death.

Williams was known for roles on The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. He was found dead in his New York City apartment Monday, and his cause of death has not yet been publicly released. He was 54 years old. Throughout his career, he was nominated for several Emmy awards and praised by the likes of former President Barack Obama.

Wendell Pierce, who starred alongside Williams in The Wire, wrote a touching tribute to Williams.

"The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth," Pierce wrote.

The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

Ava DuVernay created the show When They See Us, which starred Williams. She took to Instagram to write a tribute to him.

"Through your personal interactions big and small, through your community activism, through your struggles, through your triumphs, through your glorious work. You moved many. You moved me. What you doubted in life, be certain of now, dear brother. Be certain. You were a flash of love - now gone. But never forgotten," she wrote.

Rapper and poet Saul Williams recalled his interactions with Williams, writing, "For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. 'We're brothers, yo.' He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit."

For years Wikipedia listed Michael K. Williams as my brother. Neither one of us chose to correct it, instead we took it at its word. "We're brothers, yo." He shared poems with me. We broke bread & kicked it whenever we could. A deep & sincere connection. A beautiful spirit. 💔💔

— Saul Williams (@SaulWilliams) September 6, 2021

Poet Hanif Abdurraqib remembered one conversation he had with Williams, writing, "Michael K. Williams & I once shared a conversation at some party thing I didn't fit in or feel good at. He sat down in a corner I was hiding in & just wanted to talk about poems for a while. All I said was 'I write,' & he treated me with warmth. like I'd unlocked a universe."

He added, "I just recall awkwardly stumbling towards an 'I love your work' type of sentiment & he generously and quickly nodded & pivoted back to the poems he loved, the poems he sometimes wrote. It was a fairly brief interaction, to be clear. Maybe 10 minutes. But I'll always remember it."

Michael K. Williams & I once shared a conversation at some party thing I didn't fit in or feel good at. He sat down in a corner I was hiding in & just wanted to talk about poems for a while. All I said was "I write," & he treated me with warmth. like I'd unlocked a universe.

— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) September 6, 2021

Chance The Rapper wrote, "A lot of people knew him as Omar, I knew him as Chalky. I'm sure his family knew his as Michael. Thanks for all you gave to encourage, enlighten and entertain people you didn't even know. Praying for your people."

A lot of people knew him as Omar, I knew him as Chalky. I'm sure his family knew his as Michael. Thanks for all you gave to encourage, enlighten and entertain people you didn't even know. Praying for your people. 🕊 pic.twitter.com/mDmXPM5lPR

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 6, 2021

Author Stephen King described his death as "horrible" and "sad."

Horrible, sad, and unbelievable to think we've lost the fantastically talented Michael K. Williams at the age of 54.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 6, 2021

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid wrote, "This one hurts, y'all. What a devastating loss for his loved ones and for the world. So many brilliant souls are slipping away. Rest in peace, Michael K. Williams."

This one hurts, y'all. What a devastating loss for his loved ones and for the world. So many brilliant souls are slipping away. Rest in peace, Michael K. Williams. https://t.co/8hqG8CLGjw

— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 6, 2021
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Celebrities paid tribute to actor Michael K. Williams, pictured above in Miami on March 31, following the news of his death Monday. Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images