*Michael K. Williams, 54, was found dead Monday afternoon in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, and while his cause of death has not been confirmed, initial reports claimed he suffered a fatal drug overdose.
A year before his passing, Williams penned an emotional Instagram post in which he reflected his own mortality and his loved ones.
“I’ve been thinking about my own mortality lately,” he began. “I don’t know if it’s the recent death of my first love and first heartbreak or watching my hero, my rock, my mom get older every day knowing that at 93 her time here won’t be as long as it’s been maybe all of the above. It all has me wondering how will I go? Will I die alone? How will I be remembered and what will be my legacy.”
Williams also paid tribute to NBA icon Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna and seven others.
Check out his full post below.
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“I may not have known every nook and cranny of Kobe’s career but the two things I did learn from watching him is that we are not what we do for [a] living and that focus, hard work and dedication are the seeds of success,” Williams continued. “Most Importantly his untimely passing has reminded me of how fragile life is. I believe I read somewhere in a Chinese proverb ‘whenever u have the chance to watch the sunset’ take it, it might be ur last’ I do this because it reminds me how fast time goes, if u don’t believe me just watch the last 60 seconds of one.”
“I’m tired of wasting time worrying about what people think of me, self doubt and fear, I’d rather trade all that in for a purpose driven life cause from where I sat in the bleachers that’s exactly what it looked like he had,” Williams concluded.
After news of his death on Monday, tributes poured in on social media.
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” a rep for Williams told PEOPLE. “They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”