Friday 24 March 2017

King And I and Hawaii Five-0 star Keo Woolford dies after stroke

Keo Woolford starred at the London Palladium alongside Elaine Paige
Keo Woolford starred at the London Palladium alongside Elaine Paige

Former West End star Keo Woolford has died at the age of 49.

The actor starred in The King And I opposite Elaine Paige and more recently on television in the remake of Hawaii Five-0.

He died at a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii, on Monday after suffering a stroke three days earlier, his publicist Tracy Larrua confirmed.

Woolford portrayed the King of Siam in more than 300 performances of The King And I during a revival of the stage production in the early 2000s.

His run with the show included performances at the London Palladium opposite Paige and later Josie Lawrence as Anna.

The Hawaiian-born actor had a recurring role as Detective James Chang on the TV reboot of Hawaii Five-0 and also appeared on the big screen in 2014's Godzilla.

His Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim paid tribute to Woolford, writing on Twitter: "As talented as you were, I will remember you most for your kindness. Thank you for sharing your light with us. Rest In Peace."

Woolford wrote and directed 2013's The Haumana about the host of a struggling luau show who reconnects with his culture after he takes over a high school hula class for boys.

He had just completed the script for a sequel and acting auditions were due to begin in January, Ms Larrua said.

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