'Magnum P.I.' actor passes away at age 56

 June 22, 2024

Tom Selleck must be heartbroken right now.

One of the actors who appeared with him on Magnum P.I. has passed away.

Former wrestler Taylor Wily, known for playing Kamekona Tupuola, has passed away at the age of 56.

Mangum P.I. producer Peter M. Lenkov shared the news on social media:


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No cause of death has been made public at the time of writing.

Some of the noteworthy shows that Wily was known for were Hawaii Five-O, Mangum P.I., MacGyver, One West Waikiki, and North Shore.

He also appeared in the 2008 rom-com Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Wily dabbled in Mixed Martial Arts, even competing in the very first UFC event ever, UFC 1.

At that event, he was quickly defeated by Dutch kickboxer Gerard Gordeau, who kicked out three of Wily's teeth and even broke his hand on Wily's face.

Perhaps the loss in the ring was the best thing that could have happened to Wily, as he quickly retired from MMA and transitioned to acting.

It turned out to be a GREAT career decision.