The actor Michael K Williams died after overdosing on fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine, the New York chief medical examiner told reporters on Friday.
Williams, 54, was found dead at his home in Brooklyn on 6 September. The death was ruled an accident.
Williams was a dancer before he began acting, becoming best known for his role as Omar Little in The Wire.
Among other TV roles, he also starred in Boardwalk Empire and received an Emmy nomination this year for a role in Lovecraft Country. Film roles included 12 Years a Slave and Inherent Vice.
When he was playing Omar in The Wire, Williams said in 2012, he found himself doing drugs “in scary places with scary people”, though “nothing stronger” than cocaine and marijuana.
“I was playing with fire,” he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “It was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead. When I look back on it now, I don’t know how I didn’t end up in a body bag.”
The Wire, an ambitious survey of crime, law and order and politics in Baltimore, is widely seen as one of the greatest television series ever made. In 2015, Williams told the Guardian he struggled following its success.
“I was in a different place in life,” he says. “I was using Omar as a means of escape. Now I don’t use my job as a way to define me: it’s what I do, not who I am. I have that understanding now.”
A mural in tribute to Williams is due to be unveiled this weekend in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
“The inspiration for the piece is to pay homage to a Brooklyn son, artist and activist who touched so many with his art and heart,” Sally Rumble, the artist behind the mural, told Time Out.