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Surfing and film star Tamayo Perry dies in tragic shark attack


In a tragic incident on Oahu’s North Shore, respected lifeguard and surf instructor Tamayo Perry, aged 49, lost his life in a suspected shark attack on Sunday. Perry, known for his roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Blue Crush, was a beloved figure in the surfing community.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi expressed deep sorrow over the loss, emphasizing Perry’s dedication and service to the community.

“It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our incredibly dedicated City and County of Honolulu lifeguards, who tragically lost his life today in an apparent shark attack on the North Shore,” Blangiardi stated. He added, “Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and colleagues in Ocean Safety during this incredibly difficult time.”

Perry’s bravery and commitment were highlighted by Blangiardi, who noted Perry’s unwavering dedication to ensuring the safety of both residents and visitors. Perry’s heroic actions and tireless efforts will be long remembered by the community he served.

Honolulu Emergency Services Department reported that the attack occurred near Goat Island just before 1 p.m. local time on June 23. Emergency services received a call from a witness who reported that the surfer had suffered multiple bite wounds. Lifeguards brought Perry’s body ashore using a Jet Ski, and EMS paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Acting Chief Kurt Lager of Honolulu Ocean Safety described Perry as a beloved lifeguard during a press conference, saying, “Tamayo Perry was a lifeguard loved by all.”

Perry’s wife, Emilia Perry, also a surfer, shared her grief, saying, “Tragic though his passing may be, he left this world doing what he loved, where he loved to do it.”

Perry was renowned for his expertise at Pipeline, one of the world’s most famous surf breaks located off Ehukai Beach Park on Oahu’s north side. Surfer magazine and the Encyclopedia of Surfing both acknowledged Perry’s significant contributions to the surfing world. He was a close friend of singer Jack Johnson and was born and raised on Oahu’s east side. Perry and his wife ran a surf school together on the North Shore of Oahu.

The surfing community has expressed an outpouring of condolences. Surfing legend Kelly Slater remarked, “This one is hard to believe. You truly lived the life you loved.”

The community mourns the loss of Tamayo Perry, a man who lived with passion and served with dedication. He leaves behind a legacy of bravery and love for the ocean.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.