November 30, 2016 1:46 pm
Updated: November 30, 2016 3:55 pm

‘Hawaii Five-0’ actor Keo Woolford dies at 49 after stroke

Filmmaker Keo Woolford poses for a portrait at the Hawaii International Film Festival 2016 at The Royal Hawaiian on November 9, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Keo Woolford, an actor best-known for appearing on Hawaii Five-0 as Detective James Chang, has died at the age of 49.

Woolford, a native of Honolulu, died on Monday at a hospital in Hawaii three days after suffering a stroke, his publicist Tracy Larrua said.

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He had small roles in such films as Happy Texas (1999), Falling for Grace (2006) and Godzilla (2014).

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Woolford starred in more than 300 performances as the King of Siam in a stage production of The King & I and toured as a member of a Hawaiian boy band.

He wrote, directed and produced 2013 independent film The Haumana, which revolves around a struggling luau show host (played by Tui Asau) who reconnects with his culture after he takes over a high school hula class for boys.

The Haumana closed the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival, and he received a special jury prize at the Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival for best first feature.

Woolford had just completed the script for a sequel, and acting auditions were set to begin in January, Larrua said.

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Woolford’s co-stars from Hawaii Five-0 took to Twitter to post tributes.

Hawaii Five-O is currently in its seventh season and airs on Global TV.

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