Yesterday was a day of loss for the cast and crew of CBS drama “Hawaii Five-O.” Keo Woolford, who played Detective James Chang on the series, passed away at the age of 49.
Woolford died on Monday afternoon at Pali Momi Medical Center in Oahu, Hawaii, three days after suffering from a severe stroke, People reports. Apart from his recurring role in “Hawaii Five-O,” the Hawaiian actor was also known for writing, producing and directing a 2013 award-winning independent movie named “The Haumāna.” In fact, the star was in the process of finalizing details of his follow-up film, “The Haumāna 2.”
Woolford’s co-star Daniel Dae Kim took to Twitter to express his loss at losing a fellow actor.
Several fans reacted to Woolford’s untimely demise.
Kelly Hu, who starred in “The Haumāna” said in a statement, “He didn’t pigeon hole me like so many other people in Hollywood did. He gave me the opportunity to bring the character of Linda to life. He was a great talent who allowed other talents to shine. I will miss my chosen brother immensely.”
Although the “Godzilla” actor was unmarried, he and his niece were close. Raeceen Woolford Satele remembers him as a friend, counselor and confidante. “I think being related to Keo has been a true honor. He empowered me to pursue learning more about my Hawaiian culture and affirmed me in everything I did. I am who I am today, due in large part to his constant positivity, grace, and love.”
In other news, “Hawaii Five-O” Season 7 returns on Friday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. EST with episode 10 in which a missing teenager suffering from PTSD recalls witnessing a murder after undergoing hypnotherapy. Also, Danny (Scott Caan) suspects that his sister is getting too close to a co-worker.