Pirates Of The Caribbean Actor Killed By Shark

By Britta DeVore | Updated

Actor, lifeguard, and renowned surfer, Tamayo Perry, died on Sunday following a shark attack. The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actor was 49 years old. According to the initial reports, Perry was surfing off the coast of Hawaii’s Oahu when he sustained fatal injuries early in the afternoon.

By the time the paramedics made their way to Mālaekahana Beach, Perry had passed away and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A Lifeguard Loved By All

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When he wasn’t appearing in one of the hottest franchises of all time, Tamayo Perry worked as a City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety lifeguard, a job that suited him perfectly. Referring to the departed as “a lifeguard loved by all,” Honolulu Ocean Safety acting chief Kurt Lager said nothing but kind words about Perry during a press conference following the tragedy. Perry had been working as a lifeguard for nearly a decade and was also a huge name in the surfing world, with a global following from fans of the sport. 

Role In On Stranger Tides

As for his career in Hollywood, audiences who turned out for the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise may recognize Tamayo Perry from his small role alongside the likes of Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush. For those who may need a quick refresher, On Stranger Tides centered around Captain Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) search for the Fountain of Youth alongside his ex-lover, Angelica (Penélope Cruz), and legendary pirate, Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who finds competition with Jack’s old nemesis, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). 

Legacy In The Water

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It was during the same year that Tamayo Perry appeared on the small screen in a 2011 episode of Hawaii Five-0. Serving as a reboot of the classic series of yesteryear, the police procedural series followed crimes that rocked the islands to their core with the backdrop of green forests, blue water, and plenty of palm trees to whisk audiences away to an idyllic paradise. Seeing as how Tamayo was a bit of a surfing legend around the islands, it’s not much of a surprise that he was an easily castable actor for the CBS series.

Early Start With Blue Crush

Long before he ever took to the high seas as a pirate crony scrambling to find the Fountain of Youth or holding a small part on one of CBS’ most celebrated procedurals of all time, Tamayo Perry nabbed a small role in the 2002 surfing drama, Blue Crush. For some of us of a certain age, there was nothing not cool about the Kate Bosworth-led surfing flick that told the story of a group of women proving that girls could ride waves just as well as – or even better – than the boys.

The movie also featured the likes of Fast & Furious franchise baddie, Michelle Rodriguez, and, along with Perry, also saw appearances from other masters of the sport including Keala Kennelly, Coco Ho, and Rochelle Ballard.

Gone But Not Forgotten

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In more recent years, it seems as though Tamayo Perry retired from his acting career and settled into making a living pursuing his one true love – surfing. From the kind words that were said about him by Lager, it sounds like Perry made a difference in his local community and left the world a better place than he found it. The surfer and actor is survived by his wife, Emilia Perry. At this time, we’re sending our condolences to Perry’s loved ones. 

Source: Associated Press