Michael K Williams detailed that he was high on cocaine when he met former President Barack Obama in his posthumous memoir.
The actor, best known for starring as Omar Little in The Wire, died last September, aged 54.
Syn cause of death was later confirmed or an accidental overdose.
Before his death, he put pen to paper on his life story, Scenes From My Life, which will be published this month.
Obama had previously expressed that he was a big fan of Williams’ work in the Wire, and had described Little as his favorite character from the show.
He went so far as to invite the Hollywood legend to a town hall meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2008, before he was elected to office.
In the pages, according to the Daily Mail, the Boardwalk Empire actor was initially shocked that the politician knew who he was, but also “ashamed” of his behavior.
‘I had just come off a three-day cocaine bender and was knocked out of my mind,’ the publication says he wrote, before describing their backstage meeting.
‘Where is Omar? What’s wrong with that man?.’ Obama reportedly said, to which Williams stuttered: ‘GG-God bless you, brother.’
‘I couldn’t even put my words together. I was such a mess,’ he wrote. ‘Obama shook my hand and I could see it in his eyes. He was like: I don’t have time for this. He kept it moving.
‘I was not in my right mind. I told people I was nervous, but actually I had too much cocaine.’
He admitted that he was ‘checked out’ before their meeting and was ’embarrassed’ that he could not understand ‘issues affecting my country’.
Williams – who had a lifelong problem with drugs – died before he could finish the book, which was completed posthumously by John Sternfeld.
“When Michael K Williams died on September 6, 2021, he left behind a career as one of the most electrifying actors of his generation,” the book description read.
From his starring turn as Omar Little in The Wire to Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire to Emmy-nominated roles in HBO’s The Night Of and Lovecraft Country, Williams inhabited a series of indelible roles that he portrayed with a rawness and vulnerability that leapt from the screen.
‘Beyond the nominations and accolades, Williams played relatable characters whose humanity could not be denied, whose stories were too often left outside the main narrative.
At the time of his death, Williams had almost completed a memoir that tells the story of his past while looking to the future, a book that fuses his life and his life’s work. Mike, as his friends knew him, was so much more than an actor.
‘In Scenes from My Life he follows his entire life, from his childhood in East Flatbush and his early years as a dancer to his battles with addiction and the bar fight that left his face with his distinctive scar.
‘He was a dedicated Brooklyn resident and activist who dedicated his life to working with social justice organizations and his community, especially in helping at-risk youth find their voice and carve out their future.
‘Williams worked to keep the spotlight on those he fought for and with whom he believed with all his heart,’ it concluded.
‘Scenes from My Life is imbued with poignancy and raw honesty, the story of a performer who gave his all to everything he did – in his own voice, in his own words, as only he could.’
Michael K Williams’ Scenes From My Life is out on August 23rd.
Michael K Williams detailed being high upon meeting Barack Obama in memoir
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