Akon believes that the price that comes with fame is to blame for the loss of his good friend.
He shared his thoughts on the loss of actor Michael K. Williams in a recent interview with TMZ.
“He was actually a really good friend, amazing person, super funny, super talented,” said the 48-year-old. ” It’s definitely a sad day for everybody.”
After the sudden death of Williams fans and fellow celebs have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late actor who was found dead in his Brooklyn penthouse on Monday (September 6).
Sources report that Williams may have died due to a heroin overdose, something that Akon says is a fate that is all too familiar for celebrities. He further explains how the spotlight can cause Hollywood’s elite to turn silent about their personal struggles with addiction.
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“You know, this business creates this, like, environment where everyone’s wearing a mask, no one tells you what’s really going on in your life, so real friends can’t even really advise you cause we don’t really know what’s happening cause we put on this facade of success but yet behind the face there’s so much happening,” he continued.
The “Locked Up” singer also shares that society has to do a better job of checking in with one another to avoid more tragedies like these.
“So we gotta check up on each other, man, make sure everybody’s sound, you know, state of mind is intact, family’s good and figure it out,” he expressed. “Just reach out and check on each other, man, cause we never really know what we’re going through.”
For Akon, Williams’ death is a bit more painful as he explains that he hasn’t been able to see him since COVID-19 hit.
“Unfortunately because of the pandemic we haven’t seen each other,” he concluded. “That’s another reason why it hurts so much.”
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