Jurnee Smollett pays tribute to ‘Lovecraft Country’ co-star Michael Okay. Williams on day of his funeral: ‘My brother, my coronary heart hurts so’

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 07: Michael K. Williams poses for the 2021 Critics Choice Awards on March 07, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for ABA)

Michael Okay. Williams’s funeral occurred Tuesday in Pennsylvania — eight days after he was discovered lifeless in his Brooklyn, NY, penthouse house. (Photo: Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for ABA)

Jurnee Smollett posted a tribute to her Lovecraft Country co-star Michael Okay. Williams on the day his funeral occurred in Pennsylvania.

“My brother, my heart hurts so,” she started her social media put up. “A part of my brain refuses to accept it.”

She known as the “sh*tty part about grief” is that it goes in phases, beginning with denial when her brother Jake Smollett known as to inform her that The Wire and Boardwalk Empire alum was discovered lifeless of a suspected overdose in his Brooklyn house on Sept. 6. 

“My brain went, ‘Hell naw, that’s not true, let me call Michael,'” Smollett recalled. “And I called him. I called him over & over until my brain said stop, he’s gone. I couldn’t breathe.”

She stated it is “taken awhile for my brain to metabolize how the world can continue to spin [without] him here in the physical form.” After all, Williams, who was 54, was speculated to be in L.A. this week, with the Lovecraft Country solid, for the Emmys. The HBO present, on which he performed Montrose Freeman and he or she’s Leti Lewis, earned 18 nominations. Williams obtained a nomination for Drama Supporting Actor whereas she is up for Drama Actress at Sunday’s awards present.

“He was supposed to see how big Hunter is” on his L.A. go to, referring to her 4-year-old son. “We were gonna dance, celebrate, cry. Instead our brother was laid to rest today. I still can’t make sense of it. Perhaps it’s selfish of me to want to hold onto this beautiful man that came into my life and forever changed it.”

Jurnee Smollett and Michael K. Williams on the set of Lovecraft Country. (Screenshot: Jurnee Smollett via Instagram)

Jurnee Smollett and Michael Okay. Williams on the set of Lovecraft Country. (Screenshot: Jurnee Smollett through Instagram)

Smollett wrote about working collectively, sharing their first scenes — round Uncle George’s demise — in episode two. She recalled the way it was a busy day taking pictures and the way she discovered a connection trying in Williams’s eyes.

“I could feel the pain held behind his eyes, my soul understood it,” she stated. “Thats the beauty of MKW’s instrument. He threw his entire being into each moment [with] such bravery and sacrifice. Thats all I needed… simply look in Michael/ Montrose’s eyes.”

She stated after ending the scene, “Courtney [B. Vance, George] came to visit, held Jonathan [Majors], Michael & I as we cried in each other’s arms like babies… No, like the sons & daughter of such familiar, profound paternal grief. We became the three musketeers afterwards. Our souls tied. We joked that we had a trans-physical connection.”

Smollett stated she’d consider Williams when she listens to singers Raphael Saadiq and Jimmy Lee, hears a Deepak Chopra meditation or does the yoga pose Williams “gave me tips on.”

However, she may hear his “voice now giving me another pep talk, ‘J, get up, don’t you know you’re a f**king Queen!'” And she stated she takes “comfort in knowing that you’re finally free, somewhere dancing, being mighty, showing the angels how to really get it.”

She ended with, “You still owe me that dance…& our Bulls Jerseys. I love you.”

Williams’s funeral was held Tuesday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in Harrisburg, Pa., near the place his mom, Paula Williams, has lived for 20 years. There have been about 175 mourners in attendance, and it was livestreamed.

Queen Latifah attended the 60-minute service in addition to the creator of The Wire, David Simon, and a number of other actors from that present, together with Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) Jamie Hector (Marlo) and Felicia Pearson (Snoop), in response to Penn Live. Flowers have been despatched by Gabrielle Union and Mariah Carey.

Williams’s nephew, Dominic Dupont, who reportedly discovered him, spoke on the service.

The report famous Williams can be buried within the Harrisburg space. The director for the funeral home which dealt with his providers, Johnathan Branam of Hooper Memorial Home, stated the Brooklynite “came to Harrisburg as often as he could. He loved his mama. And he was a man of the community. Harrisburg embraced him as an adopted son.” Other memorials are expected to take place in N.Y. and L.A.

The actor’s obituary noted Williams’s “soulmate” was Goli Samii, an actress and writer, and that he had “three adopted kids Karim, Chanel and Elijah.”

Samii also posted the day of his funeral calling Williams “the humblest kindest funniest most beneficiant warrior.” 

Samii wrote, “As we bid adieu. To you. We promise to carry your desires and combat the combat for you For the group. For your dream of creating youngsters win MKW. We traveled the world collectively. Dreams. Portals. Empires. King warrior of the damaged hearted. Saying goodbye to you is my hardest goodbye. Hold my hand. I’m holding yours.” 

She ended by writing, “Love without end my warrior.”

NYPD has been investigating Williams’s death as a suspected overdose — as drug paraphernalia was reportedly recovered in his luxury apartment. The five-time Emmy nominee had spoken openly about past struggles with drugs.


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