Michael K. Williams’ nephew, Dominic Dupont, opens up at length for the first time about the death of the Cable and Lovecraft Country star.
This includes his experience of finding the Emmy-nominated actor in his Brooklyn home on the day he died at age 54, which he spoke about with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris on the latest episode of Red table discussion.
“I think a lot of what happened — what I saw on September 6 — I’m still processing,” Dupont told the co-hosts, before describing the actor as a “being amazing human.”
In his Red table discussion appearance, Dupont recalled running errands with his wife the day his uncle died, who had “work to do the next day”. After contacting him the previous night, DuPont said they had not heard from Williams and decided to go to his house.
“I went upstairs, opened his door and it was quiet. Michael has always played music. It wasn’t,” he says.
After calling Williams, DuPont said he found his deceased uncle. “I immediately called 911,” he added, noting that the ER operator asked if he wanted to start compressions. “I said, I’m telling you he’s passed away. He left. He is cold.”
DuPont said he spoke to Williams’ publicist — Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR — after calling emergency services. She told him that her uncle’s death “was going to be in the news in about an hour.”
“I looked out the window and saw the reporters and thought about responsibility,” he said. “And my responsibility, my responsibility, to spread the word that it doesn’t have to be you or your loved one.”
In February, four men were arrested and have since faced narcotics conspiracy charges surrounding the alleged distribution of fentanyl-containing heroin that led to Williams’ death. Five months earlier – and just weeks after his death – the Cable The star’s cause of death is believed to be an accidental overdose of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter.
During his Red table discussion appearance, DuPont clarified his own feelings about Williams’ cause of death and responded if he had seen his uncle, who had a history of drug addiction, show “signs of relapse.”
“He was working on a book,” he explained. “It didn’t seem like Mike was relapsing into addiction.”
After a segment about DuPont’s experience being incarcerated for 20 years for murder – something Williams had chronicled in a documentary segment – he explained how in the “four years since I’ve been home, Mike didn’t seem to be outdated or face any major issues.
“But Michael also worked really hard to make sure the things he was going through didn’t weigh on other people,” continued DuPont, who currently serves as Community Liaison at Theater of War Productions. “And he was an actor, that’s right, and you can fool people, you can convince people that you’re okay.”
Still, DuPoint said he was ‘positive’ Lovecraft Country The star did not knowingly engage with fentanyl before his death.
“He wouldn’t have knowingly taken fentanyl,” he said. “I know it like I know my first name.”