Surfer & Actor Dies After Shark Attack

( – Lifeguard, actor, and surfer Tamayo Perry died from an apparent shark attack in Hawaii.

On Sunday, June 23, the 49-year-old actor died in the afternoon while surfing Malaekahana Beach Lake, also called Goat Island and located on Oahu’s North Shore.

The Honolulu Police Department, Fire Department, and Emergency Services Department alongside Ocean Safety responded to a report around 1 PM from a caller who said a man on the beach appeared to have suffered multiple shark bites. According to a statement on Monday, June 24, from Shayne Enright of Emergency Services, Perry died from his wounds after lifeguards retrieved him and brought him to shore using a jet ski where paramedics tried to administer aid before pronouncing him dead.

Enright said that personnel from Ocean Safety posted shark warnings in and around the area where the attack occurred. Perry himself began his career on the North Shore working for Ocean Safety in 2016 as a lifeguard. Kury Lager, acting chief of Honolulu Ocean Safety, described Perry as “one of our own” and said he was “loved by all” and “known worldwide” as a professional surfer.

Although surfing was his first love, Perry enjoyed acting, too. He appeared on the television show “Hawaii Five-0,” the 2002 surfing movie “Blue Crush,” and also had a minor role in 2011’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” during his acting career.

The surfer’s widow, Emilia Perry appeared on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday, June 26, for an interview and shared her memories about her husband and her thoughts on his death. The widow said that although the world knew Perry “as a surfer and an actor,” his closest friends and family knew him as “a man of deep faith.”

Emilia said although she was “upset and devastated” by the news and her husband was “taken too soon,” she also felt “a weird calmness” in her heart knowing her husband is “in a better place.”

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