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

Published 30/11/2016

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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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