Hawaii Five-O actor dies after suffering a stroke

Woolford appeared in a recurring role as Det. James Chang on the remake of CBS' Hawaii Five-0.
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Woolford appeared in a recurring role as Det. James Chang on the remake of CBS' Hawaii Five-0.

Hawaii Five-O actor Keo Woolford, the man who wrote and directed the inspiring independent film The Haumana, has died. 

He was 49.

The Daily Mail reported that according to his publicist Tracy Larrua, the Honululu native suffered a stroke three days ago. 

Woolford died on Monday at a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii. 

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Woolford appeared in a recurring role as Detective James Chang on the remake of CBS' Hawaii Five-0, and he had small roles in such films as Happy, Texas (1999), Falling for Grace (2006) and Godzilla (2014).

His Hawaii Five-O cast mate Daniel Dae Kim went on Twitter to mourn the actor's loss.

"As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us, @KeoWoolford. Rest In Peace."

The Haumana revolves around a host (played by Tui Asau) of a struggling luau show who reconnects with his culture after he takes over a high school hula class for boys after his former kumu hula (master hula teacher) dies.

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Woolford's one-man show, I-LAND, served as the inspiration for his feature. 

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

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

 - Stuff

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