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Hawaii Five-0 & Magnum P.I. actor dead at 56

Taylor Wily, an actor who stood out on Hawaii Five-0 because of his infectious smile and personality, died at the age of 56.

He first came onto the scene in the 80’s as a sumo wrestler, reported LATF USA. The Samoan American played the role of Kamekona Tupuola on the reboot of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS. He also appeared in Magnum P.I. and the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

“He’s probably the most memorable person to walk in the door there from Hawaii Five-O and the most loved just because of how personal he was with everyone,” said Angela Keen, a friend of Wily’s to Hawaii News Now.

His family confirmed his death, but did not release details.

Show co-creator Peter Lenkof paid tribute to the actor.

“You charmed me into making you a regular… on the show… and in my life,” Lenkof is quoted as saying to the National World. You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother. PS: when we spoke last week, we laughed at how right you were from Day 1. Five-0 was our dream job. And I was so lucky we got to share that magic together.”

The Facebook page of his wife Hilona Wily is filled with moving tributes to her husband.

“All our love for our Wily Aiga. Rest In Eternal Love Big Tee Wily. Gone to soon and never will be forgotten. Thank you for always loving and supporting our family,” said MaLepe Na’oAfioga Faleolo.

“Uncle Taylor Wily u taught us what it was to be proud of your heritage, culture & where you come from 🤟🏽. I Love you & Aunty Halona Wily, Tula, Aisa & all of our Wily Family. Ofa Lahi Atu,” wrote Fehi Malupo.

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