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    Taylor Wily, 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actor, dies at 56

    By KiMi Robinson, USA TODAY,

    25 days ago
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    "Hawaii 5-0" cast member Taylor Wily, given name Teila Tuli, smiles during Ohana Day at the 2013 Pro Bowl on Jan. 26, 2013, in Honolulu. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sport

    Taylor Wily, a former sumo wrestler and UFC fighter who went on to portray entrepreneur and informant Kamekona for 10 seasons on the CBS revival of " Hawaii Five-0 ," has died.

    He was 56.

    His manager, Michael Henderson, confirmed to USA TODAY on Friday that Wily died Thursday, citing "natural causes."

    Honolulu's KITV4 Island News was first to report on Wily's passing.

    “Hawaii Five-0” showrunner Peter M. Lenkov paid tribute to Wily — born Teila Tuli — in an Instagram post Thursday.

    "I am devastated. Heartbroken. I’ll post some detailed feelings later. Just too hard right now," he captioned a photo of the two of them.

    In a follow-up post featuring photos of the actor from throughout the years, Lenkov wrote, "T, as I told you many times, I fell in love with you at the 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. You were family. And I will miss you every day, brother."

    He added, "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."

    In his Instagram Stories, Lenkov revealed he "never got tired of watching (Wily), and he was an incredible actor."

    Wily also made several crossover appearances as Kamekona on Seasons 1 and 2 of " Magnum P.I. " per IMDB.

    Wily's Kamekona — the task force's confidential informant and an entrepreneur who ran Waiola Shave Ice, Kamekona's Shrimp Truck and Kamekona's Helicopter Tours — made his debut in the "Hawaii Five-O" premiere in 2010. He remained in the role until the CBS series came to an end in 2020.

    Wily was also featured in the 2008 rom-com "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and played hotel worker Kemo, who becomes a confidant to Peter Bretter, played by Jason Segel.

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Taylor Wily, 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' actor, dies at 56

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