Michael K. Williams was found dead in his NYC apartment, on Monday, September 6. The actor’s fans are mourning his death ever since the news surfaced, while some are wondering about his relationship with rumoured girlfriend, Tasha Smith.

Michael was found by his nephew, face down in his Brooklyn Penthouse on Monday. An investigation into the star’s cause of death is still ongoing.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to pay tributes to the late actor after the heart-breaking news surfaced online. Michael, who was extremely secretive about his personal life, is survived by his son, Elijah Williams.

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Who is Tasha Smith?

Tasha is a well-known American actress, director and producer. The 50-year-old star got her breakthrough role in NBC’s Boston Common (1996-1997).

Some of her popular movie appearances include The Whole Ten Yards (2004), Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), Couples Retreat (2009), and Jumping the Broom (2011) among others.

Tasha was also loved for her depiction of Angela Williams in Tyler Perry’s comedy, Why Did I Get Married? (2007), and its sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010).

In 2015, the actress began appearing in the recurring role of Carol Holloway on the FOX series, Empire.

Tasha, who is a Camden, New Jersey native, is also the director behind 50 Cent’s upcoming Starz series, Black Mafia Family. She has also directed two episodes of the TV series, Our Kind of People.

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Relationship with Michael K. Williams explored

Tasha and Michael stirred up romance rumours in 2019 after the former posted a picture snuggling up with The Wire star on her social media.

Tasha’s Instagram upload at the time read: “Nothing makes me happier!!!!! The love of my life. This man gives me goose bumps!!!!!”

The 50-year-old actress posted a few more pictures of the two of them in December 2020, with a birthday message for Michael.

“Sending a big happy birthday to my brother, #bff, friend, ride or die, always been there and will be! Love you baby! The Best is Yet To Come!!! God knows what He’s doing! Live your life to the fullest and let God use you to the MAX!!! You always put a smile on my face!!!!” the caption read.

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While many fans believe that the two were in fact dating, Tasha’s Instagram caption calling Michael her ‘brother’ definitely confused many about the nature of their relationship.

‘The Wire’ star dies of suspected overdose

NYPD deputies revealed to The Sun on Monday, that “Michael was found dead by a relative around 2 pm today at his Kent Avenue apartment in Brooklyn.”

It was revealed that the star was alone in his penthouse when his nephew found him. No foul play is suspected in the actor’s death.

Another report in the NY Post reveals that illegal drug paraphernalia and heroin were also found in his apartment, suggesting a possible overdose as the actor’s cause of death. However, an official confirmation about the cause hasn’t been released just yet.

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