Honolulu is mourning the loss of a beloved community member. 

Pirates of the Caribbean alum and local lifeguard Tamayo Perry died in a fatal shark attack while surfing off the coast of Oahu June 23, first responders confirmed in a press conference. He was 49. 

“Tamayo Perry was a lifeguard loved by all,” Acting Chief of the Ocean Safety Department Kurt Lager said during the June 23 press conference. “He was well known on the North Shore. He was a professional surfer known worldwide. Tamayo’s personality was infections, and we much as people loved him, he loved everyone else more.” 

“Our condolences go out to Tamayo’s family,” he continued, asking people respect their privacy. “And the entire lifeguard ohana.”

During the press conference, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokesperson Shayne Enright provided additional details, noting emergency services responded to a 911 call regarding a surfer who had been fatally injured in a shark attack. Honolulu Ocean Safety responded on jet skis, bringing Perry to shore where EMS carried “assisted with his death pronouncement.”

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