Hawaii Five-O actor Keo Woolford dies at 49 after stroke

Keo Woolford Facebook photo
Keo Woolford Facebook photo

HONOLULU (AP) — “Hawaii Five-O” actor Keo Woolford has died three days after suffering a stroke. He was 49.

Publicist Tracy Larrua announced Woolford’s death on social media . She said he had a severe stroke on Friday and died Monday at a hospital in Hawaii.

Woolford played detective James Chang in CBS’s reboot of “Hawaii Five-O.” Co-star Daniel Dae Kim paid tribute to Woolford on Twitter on Tuesday , writing, “As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us.”

Woolford had small roles in several films, including 2014’s “Godzilla” and “Act of Valor” in 2012. He also wrote and directed “The Haumana,” a 2013 independent film based on his one man show.

The following message was posted on Woolford’s Facebook page’

Aloha All-

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to advise you of the passing of artist, Keo Woolford. The multi-hyphenate, multi-disciplinarian talent suffered a severe stroke on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. He passed away this afternoon.

As a writer, director, actor, and newly appointed Kumu Hula of Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero’s Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua, he is most known for his successful one-man show, “I-LAND,” which was the inspiration for his indie blockbuster, “The Haumana.” With a long career that has taken him to London as the King in “The King & I,” and around the world as a member of popular Hawaii boy-band, “Brownskin,” and everywhere else in between, he is a talent and extraordinary human being that will be missed.

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