'Hawaii Five-0' Actor Taylor Wily Has Died at Just 56 — What Was His Cause of Death?

Elissa Noblitt - Author

Jun. 21 2024, Published 9:42 a.m. ET

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Sadly, former wrestler and Hawaiian actor Taylor Wily has passed away at just 56 years old. Known for his time on the hit show Hawaii Five-0 as Kamekona Tupuola, as well as his role on Forgetting Sarah Marshall opposite Jason Segel, Taylor was a beloved member of Hollywood with a dedicated fanbase.

What was Taylor Wily's cause of death?

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What was 'Hawaii Five-0' actor Taylor Wily's cause of death?

Because he was so young at the time of his passing, many fans are curious about what could have been Taylor's cause of death. However, that information has not yet been revealed to the public.

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On social media, the actor's family and former castmates have been paying respects to him. Hawaii Five-0 creator Peter Lenkov, who was close to Wily, wrote a touching tribute on his Instagram: "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," Peter continued. "P.S.: 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."

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Taylor Wily was involved in the first ever UFC event, or UFC 1.

Before his career as an actor, Taylor was involved in amateur sumo wrestling and mixed martial arts, and he was even one of the first people to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He fought under the pseudonym of Teila Tula and competed against Gerard Gordeau in 1993.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Halona Wily, and his two children, Tula and Aisa.

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