Famed and renowned actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York home yesterday, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Williams, who was 54 years old, was adored by many fans for roles spanning television, film and video games as well.
Williams, who was likely best known for his role in hit series The Wire, appeared across a number of acclaimed shows and movies, his talent earning him five Emmy nominations over the course of his busy career. He also graced video games with his art, playing the role of Kimble “Irish” Graves in Battlefield 4.
A supporting character throughout the campaign, Irish ends up being a hugely momentous player of the finale in the game's story. This earned him a place in the hearts and minds of Battlefield fans worldwide, and ensured that his story wouldn't end with just one game.
As revealed by the 9-minute cinematic short film "Exodus", Irish is returning in Battlefield 2042 later this year with Williams reprising the role. As all voice and motion capture work was likely completed months ago, the tragedy will not affect what very well may be his last performance.
There has been an outpour of condolences from fans and colleagues online, with DICE also posting in recognition of his passing. The company has not yet stated anything about how this will affect the future of the game's storyline in which Irish was posed to be a major element.
Today we mourn the tragic loss of Michael K. Williams. His performances second only to his incredible presence. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, and fans all over the world. pic.twitter.com/T49RqG5unR
— DICE (@EA_DICE) September 7, 2021
Fans have already called on DICE to commemorate the actor's life in-game respectfully, though opinions are split on what that means. Some call for a quiet, off-screen retirement for the character, others advised that no cosmetic items for the playable Irish specialist should be sold, while others suggested that they should be sold with proceeds being donated to charities.
Rest in peace.