Hawaii Five-0 Star Taylor Wily Dies

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Actor Taylor Wily, who starred in the reboot of crime drama Hawaii Five-0, has died at the age of 56.

His entertainment lawyer confirmed his death without stating the cause of his death.

The actor, who was from Hawaii, had a recurring role as Kamekona Tupuola on Hawaii Five-0, which he reprised in Magnum P.I.

Tributes have been pouring in, including from Peter Lenkov,  His executive producer.

I am devastated. Heartbroken. I’ll post some detailed feeling in a few days. Just too hard right now,” he wrote on Instagram, along with a picture of  himself and Wily.

In a further post, he said he “fell in love” with Wily at the very first audition.

You came in with a towel on your head mopping up sweat, and I was smitten. You charmed me into making you a regular… on the show… and in my life,” he wrote.

You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother.”

He added that the pair had spoken last week, and had laughed at how right Wily had been for the role.

Five-0 was our dream job. And I was so lucky we got to share that magic together.”

Wily was originally a sumo wrestler but left the sport in the late 1980s after suffering several knee injuries. He later competed in UFC before turning his hand to film and television.

He starred as confidential informant Kamekona on Hawaii Five-0 between 2010–2020, before appearing in seven episodes of Magnum P.I.

It’s the best job in the world — you get to play Hollywood but be right here in Hawaii,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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