Taylor Wily, star of ‘Hawaii Five-0’, dead at 56
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Taylor Wily, star of 'Hawaii Five-0', dead at 56

Former sumo wrestler and television and film actor Taylor Wily has died at the age of 56. He was best known for his roles in Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI.

Wily performed as a sumo wrestler under the name Takamikuni before retiring due to knee problems and pursuing a career in New Japan Pro-Wrestling. He eventually entered the world of mixed martial arts.

As an actor, Wily appeared in projects such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., and Hawaii Five-0.

The news of his passing was confirmed by KITV 4 and reporter Lina Girl, who said that it is with “a heavy heart” that “I share the news of the passing of a Hawaii celebrity, who is also a family friend, Taylor Wily, former sumo wrestler, MMA fighter and actor.”

She added: “A lot of people know him for his acting roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and as Kamekona on the Hawaii Five-0 redo, but for our family, he is one of my mom’s boys and my husband Sam’s childhood friend. He was and always will be our Big T.”

Peter M. Lenkov, the executive producer of the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, in which Wily appeared, also shared a heartfelt tribute on social media, explaining that he “fell in love” with Wily “at the first audition”.

He added: “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.”

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wily was recruited to wrestle in Japan and became one of the largest sumo wrestlers in the world. He soon became a part of the third highest decision, makushita, where he became the first foreign wrestler to win the division’s championship. He reached Makushita 2 in 1989 before retiring the same year.

Wily is survived by his wife, Halona, and their two children. A cause of death has not yet been specified.