Keo Woolford, best known for his role as Detective James Chang on the CBS crime-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” died on Monday following complications from a stroke. He was 49.
Woolford died at an Oahu, Hawaii hospital after suffering a stroke three days prior, according to his publicist Tracy Larrua.
Born in Honolulu, the late actor was also known for writing, directing and producing his 2013 independent drama “The Haumana,” which centers around the host of a failing Waikiki lūʻau who goes on to teach a high school boy’s hula class. The film earned him special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival that year.
In addition, his other credits as an actor include small roles in “Happy, Texas,” “Falling for Grace” and “Godzilla” (2014). He also appeared in the stage production of “The King and I.”
Friends and colleagues of Woolford were quick to pay tribute via Twitter, including his “Hawaii Five-0” co-star Daniel Dae Kim.
“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,” write Kim.
“Heart breaking for the loss of dear friend Keo Woolford, writer, director, singer, dancer, spreader of love,” wrote actress Kelly Hu.
Shocked to hear about the passing of @keowoolford, a talented artist and director who will be missed dearly,” said actress Lynn Chen.
Funeral and memorial service arrangements have yet to be announced.