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Keo Woolford: Hawaii Five-0 actor dies aged 49

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Image caption Woolford played Detective James Chang in Hawaii Five-0

Actor Keo Woolford, best known for appearing in the Hawaii Five-0 remake as Detective James Chang, has died at the age of 49.

He died on Monday at a hospital in Hawaii, three days after suffering a stroke, his publicist said.

On stage, Woolford played the King of Siam in The King And I opposite Elaine Paige in London's West End in 2001-02.

He also wrote, directed and produced the award-winning 2013 independent film The Haumana.

In 2013, Woolford received a special jury prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for best first feature for The Haumana.

He had just completed the script for a sequel and auditions were set to begin in January, publicist Tracy Larrua said.

He also had small roles in films including Falling for Grace, the 2014 remake of Godzilla and Happy, Texas.

But he was best known for playing Detective James Chang in the remake of Hawaii Five-0, which began in 2010.

Woolford's co-stars from the police drama led tributes on Twitter.

Image copyright Lynn Chen / Twitter

Daniel Dae Kim said: "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."

Brian Yang wrote: "So saddened to learn of @keowoolford's passing. From NYC to Hawaii, we miss you."

Actress Lynn Chen also paid tribute to Woolford on Twitter, saying he would be "missed dearly".

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