‘Hawaii Five-0’ star Taylor Wily dead at 56

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

WASHINGTON — Actor Taylor Wily, known for his role as Kamekona Tupuola in the “Hawaii Five-0,” has died. He was 56 years old. 

“Hawaii Five-0” executive producer Peter M. Lenkov confirmed the actor and former sumo wrestler’s death on Thursday in a series of Instagram posts. No cause of death has been revealed.

“T, as I told you many times, I fell in love with you at the first audition” Lenkov wrote in his caption. “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. 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,” Lenkov continued. “Five-0 was our dream job. And I was so lucky we got to share that magic together.”

Wily, born Teila Tuli, played Kamekona Tupuola in “Hawaii Five-0,” a police detective series based in Hawaii.

Other notable roles include Kemo in the romance comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.