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.
Aloha All- I am sharing this now to alleviate any misinformation out there. Our dear Keo Woolford @keowoolford suffered a stroke on Friday. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, and continue to hold him in a POSITIVE space. If you know him, you already know this is how he leads and lives his life. Mahalo nui loa.
Keo 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.
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.— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 29, 2016
His Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim paid tribute to Keo, 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.”
Keo 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, Larrua said.