50 Cent Slammed For Distasteful Instagram Post Following ‘The Wire’ Actor Michael K. Williams’ Death
The acting community is in mourning after learning The Wire actor Michael K. Williams had been found dead of a suspected drug overdose in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday (September 6).
According to the New York Post, Williams’ body was discovered alongside drug paraphernalia, suggesting he’d taken a fatal dose of heroin or fentanyl.
But 50 Cent, who has built an impressive career in television since his glory days as a rapper, is catching flak for his recent post about Williams. Shortly after the news broke, Fiddy chose to use the New York Post‘s article about Williams’ death to promote his popular television show Raising Kanan.
“Damn if you didn’t see Raising Kanan check it out,” he captioned the post. “that fentanyl is no joke, killing the clientele. RIP michael k. williams.”
50 cent lame pic.twitter.com/Z6pYYUORid
— BlackCultureEntertainment🗣 (@4theculture____) September 6, 2021
In 2018, Michael K. Williams called out 50 Cent for allegedly spreading a false rumor about James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond getting jumped behind bars.
“I just stopped pass with a little message for anyone who may or may not be interested in anything they’ve heard in regards to Jimmy Rosemond on social media these past few days,” he wrote at the time. “They are completely false y’all. I speak to him and his team of lawyers on a regular basis and I assure you he is fine and in prayer.
“So with that I’ll say to anyone under the sound of this simple man’s voice God bless.”
50 Cent fired back, “Old Omar how much they pay you to play a punk PUNK. Mind your business da fuck wrong wit you.”
Williams was just 54 at the time of his death. The New York City native was initially discovered by the late Tupac Shakur, who recommended he play “High Top” in the 1996 film Bullet.
But it wasn’t until The Wire that William gained national notoriety. Filming began in 2002 and Williams was tasked with playing Omar Little, a notorious Baltimore stick-up man.
Longtime New York City Hip Hop promoter Van Silk remembers him fondly, telling HipHopDX, “I met this brother when I was living in Baltimore from 1999 to 2010. Our best conversation was when he got booked for The Wire. Every week, he would come by my mixtape store at Paptasco Arena or he send his boy to get his package.
“It was the same time Felicia Pearson, also known as Snoop, had wanted me to manage her because she got booked for The Wire. We all hung out at Club One and when my friend Tracy White was doing a lot of rap concerts. Another great brother gone too soon.”
Williams’ nephew went to his uncle’s home on Monday after someone called cops just before 2 p.m. local time, saying there was a man there who was “unresponsive’’ and “feels cold.” He was pronounced dead at the scene. Fans of Williams were incensed by 50 Cent’s poorly timed Instagram post, so much so he became a trending Twitter topic.
Check out some of the reactions below.
50 Cent is my favourite rapper ever, but this is disrespectful as hell and corny , he is a bi*** for that, can’t defend the nigga no mo, RIP Michael Williams. pic.twitter.com/6Tkd17e8mm
— IBashar (@CurtisBashar) September 6, 2021
50 cent is a nasty man and he’s going to hell
— mshawngela (@mshawngela) September 6, 2021
This what 50 Cent hear when his PR team try to talk sense to him. pic.twitter.com/MKJqD8fxwP
— BlackOut (@SicknessOG) September 6, 2021
Nah it’s gon be forever fuck 50 cent for that.. piece of shit
— #LilHoochieDaddy (@PapiChampHue) September 6, 2021
live look at 50 Cent finding an opportunity to be an asshole yet again…
rip michael k williams pic.twitter.com/dOg7xowkL3
— not me (@cajkxx) September 6, 2021
50 Cent right now pic.twitter.com/lCgollbpaL
— Broke Bobbys black friend (@KWuu47) September 6, 2021
50 cent this is the dumbest thing Ever. Using Michael K. Williams’ death to promote your own show, this is so insensitive and stupid.. pic.twitter.com/vRsuAoQ2pP
— Jt Money (@SearchMan007) September 6, 2021
50 cent is such a asshole and people think the things he say is funny..I wouldn’t want to be his woman..one day he’s going to say the wrong thing that he can’t come back from..
— Brittany (@_HoeYouJustMad_) September 6, 2021
50 cent pic.twitter.com/61dir0M7PF
— lastiz ⭐️☄️💥 (@1804boilol) September 6, 2021
I lost respect for 50 cent years ago. This is ignorant and disrespectful. pic.twitter.com/JhvpvnXKbh
— Jamie Jones (@unibroward4405) September 6, 2021
Every few months the “50 Cent is lame” convo re-emerges on here and I’m just like, “HE’S ALWAYS BEEN LAME!” pic.twitter.com/kz1qvjDy0u
— Mobi-Wan Kenobi (@mobi_kenobi) September 6, 2021
50 cent really is the biggest asshole to exist 😐 https://t.co/Pj5zRhavsR
— Foe (@officialfoe11) September 6, 2021
When you see 50 Cent use Michael K Williams death to promote new show on an ig post pic.twitter.com/yxGdwbK4cD
— Big Celleo From the Kokomo (@Cellustharula90) September 6, 2021
Bruh whoever shot 50 cent , you couldn’t empty the clip bro? pic.twitter.com/jWWVR5PGq6
— Big 38 Hawk Em 🦅 (@Big38HawkEm) September 6, 2021
Watching 50 cent cancel himself for the 500th Time pic.twitter.com/bcbs9com2R
— Big 38 Hawk Em 🦅 (@Big38HawkEm) September 6, 2021