Co-star of Pirates Of The Caribbean, Tamayo Perry, 49, dies in shark attack: “heartbreaking loss”

Tamayo Perry

On Sunday, June 23, Tamayo Perry, a 49-year-old lifeguard and actor, tragically lost his life in a shark attack while surfing on Oahu’s North Shore in Hawai’i. Tamayo Perry, known for his roles in movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and TV shows such as Blue Crush and Hawaii Five-0, was also a respected lifeguard for the City and County of Honolulu.

The attack happened around 1 pm near Mālaekahana Beach, where a caller alerted authorities after seeing Tamayo Perry with shark bite injuries. Perry was brought to shore by jet ski and was later pronounced dead by paramedics, according to the Associated Press.

Tamayo Perry had a role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, which was released in 2011, and featured Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz among others. Despite his acting career, Tamayo Perry was best known for his work as a professional surfer and a lifeguard, making a lasting impact on the community and those who knew him.

We are deeply saddened to share that the surf community lost a beloved icon yesterday. A well-known surfer and lifeguard, Tamayo Perry, passed away after injuries from a shark attack that occurred on the East Side of Oahu.

Tamayo was a Pipeline/Teahupo'o specialist, freesurfer,…

— World Surf League (@wsl) June 24, 2024

He began his career with the Ocean Safety department in July 2016. During a press conference, Shayne Enright from the Honolulu Emergency Services Department described the loss of Perry as an extremely difficult time for everyone involved, asking for kindness and patience as they navigate through this period of grief.

Honolulu Ocean Safety Acting Chief Kurt Lager highlighted that Perry was a beloved figure on the North Shore and a globally known professional surfer. He emphasized Perry’s infectious personality and his deep care for others.

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi also expressed his sorrow, calling Tamayo Perry’s death a tragic loss and noting that he was a legendary and highly respected waterman.

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