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Battlefield and The Wire actor Michael K. Williams dies at 54

Irish from Battlefield 4 returns in Battlefield 2042
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Prolific film, TV, and occasional game actor Michael K. Williams was found dead at 54 in his New York home yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Williams—a five-time Emmy nominee who's probably best known for his role on The Wire—also held a place in the heart of Battlefield players, following his appearance in Battlefield 4 as Kimble “Irish” Graves. A fan-favourite character involved in a key moment at the game's conclusion, Irish's popularity was such that he is set to make a comeback in this year's Battlefield 2042 as one of that game's Specialists, debuting in the nine-minute short film Exodus ahead of the game's launch.

DICE paid tribute in a tweet early this morning.

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It's unknown how Williams' character features in BF2042 which, while lacking a campaign, will have a story running over the game's seasons. GamingBible reports that some fans have suggested giving Irish a respectful off-screen retirement or to donate proceeds from Irish cosmetics to charity.

"While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him," reads a statement issued by HBO. "We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss."

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time—and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and having herself developed critically acclaimed small games like Can Androids Pray, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She's also played for a competitive Splatoon team, and unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.