‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor Tamayo Perry dies in shark attack at 49

Tamayo Perry, a renowned actor, professional surfer and lifeguard, has died at age 49 following a shark attack while surfing in Hawaii, per deadline.com. The incident occurred Sunday afternoon, Honolulu emergency services confirmed in a press conference.

Perry was attacked while surfing off Malaekahana Beach, Oahu. Paramedics pronounced him dead after he was brought to shore by jet ski. Officials reported he had sustained “more than one possible bite.”

Best known for his role as a buccaneer in 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Perry also featured in TV shows “Lost,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and the film “Blue Crush.” He was equally recognized for his stunt work and his role in the 2015 short “The Bridge.”


A beloved figure in the surfing community, Perry began working as a lifeguard for the Ocean Safety department in July 2016. Acting Honolulu Ocean Safety Chief Kurt Lager described Perry as “a lifeguard loved by all,” noting his infectious personality and the immense affection he had for people.


Mayor Rick Blangiardi lamented the “tragic loss” of Perry, calling him “a legendary waterman and highly respected.” Perry’s death leaves a significant void in both the local and surfing communities.


  • Featured image: Tamayo Perry in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’/Peter Mountain/©Walt Disney Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection


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