Williams, beloved for his performances in “The Wire” and “Lovecraft Country,” was found dead at his New York City home Monday. The 54-year-old’s death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose.
Ahmed, an Oscar nominee for “Sound of Metal,” starred alongside Williams in the 2016 HBO miniseries “The Night Of.” In both an Instagram post and a series of tweets, he praised his co-star as a “rare talent” and “unique soul.”
“He brought heart to the art,” he added.
Elsewhere in the thread, Ahmed recalled his time working on “The Night Of,” for which he received an Emmy Award.
After one particularly stressful week of filming, Ahmed said, Williams gave him “the nicest [and] prob still most expensive jacket I own,” simply as a gesture of moral support.
Ahmed’s sentiments were shared by other Hollywood heavyweights, including Idris Elba, Niecy Nash and “The Wire” creator David Simon.
“Too gutted right now to say all that ought to be said,” wrote Simon, whose credits include “The Deuce” and “The Plot Against America” for HBO. “Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words won’t come.”