Prolific film, TV, and occasional game actor Michael K. Williams was found dead at 54 in his New York home yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Williams—a five-time Emmy nominee who’s probably best known for his role on The Wire—also held a place in the heart of Battlefield players, following his appearance in Battlefield 4 as Kimble “Irish” Graves. A fan-favourite character involved in a key moment at the game’s conclusion, Irish’s popularity was such that he is set to make a comeback in this year’s Battlefield 2042 as one of that game’s Specialists, debuting in the nine-minute short film Exodus ahead of the game’s launch.
DICE paid tribute in a tweet early this morning.
It’s unknown how Williams’ character features in BF2042 which, while lacking a campaign, will have a story running over the game’s seasons. GamingBible reports that some fans have suggested giving Irish a respectful off-screen retirement or to donate proceeds from Irish cosmetics to charity.
“While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him,” reads a statement issued by HBO. “We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”