Michael K. Williams’ nephew says the star didn’t seem to be ‘falling back into addiction’

The nephew of Michael K. Williams reflected on the horror of finding his uncle dead from a drug overdose.

The Wednesdays red table talk, Dominic Dupont spoke for the first time about the tragic death of The wire, Love Craft Y boardwalk empire star last year at age 54. The episode was about the dangers of fentanyl.

Dominic Dupont (Screenshot: Red Table Talk/Facebook Live)

Michael K. William’s nephew, Dominic Dupont, who found The wire star died of an overdose in September, speaks about the dangers of fentanyl on Wednesday Red table talk. (Screenshot: Red Table Talk/Facebook Live)

“I think a lot of what happened, what I saw on September 6, I’m still processing,” Dupont told Jada Pinkett Smith and her co-hosts. “Michael was an amazing human being.”

He said he approached Williams the night before he was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse and was concerned when he didn’t hear back, knowing Williams had a work obligation the next day.

He and his wife “made the decision [to] go home,” he recalled. “I went upstairs, opened his door and it was quiet,” which was worrying because “Michael was always playing music.”

“I stuck my head in,” he continued, “I said, ‘Uncle Mike, are you here?’ And I watched him dead.”

Dupont immediately called 911 and the operator asked if he wanted instructions on how to perform chest compressions to revive him.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 8: Michael K. Williams attends the Los Angeles premiere of MGM's

Michael K. Williams at the premiere of Respect on August 8, 2021, a month before his death. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)

“I said, ‘I’m telling you he’s dead. He’s gone. He’s cold,'” he replied.

He called Williams’ publicist, who speculated that the news would be picked up by the media within the hour. Dupont said he looked out of Williams’ window and “saw all the reporters” already gathering.

Williams had struggled with addiction, which he had been open about during his career, but Dupont said he was “fine” before the relapse.

“I was working on a book. It didn’t seem to me like Mike was slipping back into addiction,” he said.

Dupont, who was mentored by Williams, said: “Mike didn’t seem to be overwhelmed or dealing with any major issues” for the past five years, “but Michael also worked really hard so that the things he was going through didn’t weigh on him.” in other people. And he was an actor, right? I mean, you can fool people. You can convince people that you’re okay.”

That said, “I’m sure he wouldn’t have knowingly taken fentanyl,” he said. “I know. I know like I know my first name.”

He said “Fentanyl finding its way into our communities is why I know Michael would want me here. A big part of what my life involves now is honoring his legacy…Michael believed that we don’t sit around and just We watch how things fall.” split up and just get complacent. If we do, we are complicit. We have to work hard to make people realize what’s going on so that other people don’t have to feel the kind of pain that I’ve felt.”

Dupont also shared that she lives with Michael’s 94-year-old mother, saying it has made the grieving process a little more “tolerable.”

In February, four men were arrested in connection with Williams’ death. Hector Robles, Luis Cruz, Carlos Macci and Irvin Cartagena were charged with narcotics conspiracy for distributing the fentanyl-laced heroin that ultimately killed the star. Surveillance video released by investigators appeared to show Cartagena handing Williams the deadly drugs a day before the star’s body was found.

Police officials said when Williams was found Sept. 6, there were what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the apartment and heroin on the kitchen table.

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