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Keo Woolford, actor on "Hawaii Five-0," is dead at 49

Actor Keo Woolford, best known for playing Detective James Chang on “Hawaii Five-0,” passed away on Monday at the age of 49. 

Woolford suffered a stroke three days before his death, his publicist Tracy Larrua told the Hollywood Reporter.

Woolford had a strong connection with Hawaii beyond his recurring role on the CBS show. The Honolulu native also wrote, directed and produced the 2013 indie film “The Haumana,” which centered on the host of a luau show, and was planning a sequel. Larrua said Woolford had already written a script. 

Woolford also had small roles in several movies, including “Godzilla,” and was part of a Hawaiian boy band called Brownskin. 

“Hawaii Five-0” producer Peter Lenkov and his team said in a statement, “We are heartbroken over the passing of our friend and colleague Keo Woolford. A beloved member of our Ohana, his kindness and professionalism were matched only by his incredible talent. Our hearts go out to his entire family and all those who loved him.”

His “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Actress Kelly Hu also mourned the loss and said, “Heart breaking for the loss of dear friend Keo Woolford, writer, director, singer, dancer, spreader of love. #RIPKeoWoolford #TheHaumana.”

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