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January 1, Actor’s Tragic Shark Attack: Widow Shares Heartfelt Message



Emilia Perry, widow of Hawaiian lifeguard and actor Tamayo Perry, has expressed her devastation following her husband’s death from a shark attack. Tamayo, 49, died on Sunday after being bitten by a shark near Goat Island.

Emilia spoke with “Good Morning America,” saying, “I feel so upset and devastated, but I also have a weird calmness in my heart knowing that he’s in a better place.” She described her time with him as “the best 25-year vacation of my life.”

Tamayo Perry was a professional surfer and actor known for his roles in “Blue Crush,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and an episode of “Hawaii Five-0.” Emilia credits her husband’s devout Christian faith for her belief that he is in a better place now.

Before his death, Tamayo reportedly texted his family, “I can’t wait to meet the king. I’m excited, not scared. We got to pray and forgive and love.”

Emilia said her husband’s message was about “how to be a better human” and to “love everybody when you have them, ‘cause you never know when they’re gonna be taken away.”

Following the attack, Honolulu Ocean Safety, fire, police, and emergency medical services departments responded to Mālaekahana Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. Lifeguards used jet skis to bring Perry to shore, where paramedics pronounced him dead.

Ocean Safety personnel posted shark warnings in the area after the incident. Tamayo began his career with the Ocean Safety department in July 2016.

Honolulu Ocean Safety Acting Chief Kurt Lager described Perry as a lifeguard “loved by all.” He added, “Tamayo’s personality was infectious and as much as people loved him, he loved everyone else more.”

Just two days after Tamayo’s death, another “aggressive” shark was spotted near Oahu, according to ABC News.

Jesse King, a friend and coworker of Perry’s, said that despite his friend’s fate, Tamayo would likely encourage other surfers to continue surfing. King explained, “For people that are surfers and avid ocean users, we do it because we love it.”

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