UFC 1 fighter and Hawaiian actor Taylor Wily has died at the age of 56.

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Wily was known as Teila Tuli (0-1 MMA) during his only fight in UFC 1 in November 1993. Tuli vs. Gerard Gordeau (2-2 MMA) was the first fight in UFC history to be broadcast. The result was Tuli being knocked out by a head kick 26 seconds into the first round, also making it the first KO in the promotion's history.

Before UFC 1, Wily was successful as a sumo wrestler.

After his very short career in MMA, Taylor Wily became an actor and got his breakthrough role with the role of “Kemo” alongside Jason Segel and Mila Kunis in the hit romantic comedy “Forget About Your Ex”.

Wily landed the role of informant Kamekona Tupuola in “Hawaii Five-O,” where he appeared in 170 episodes. The Hawaiian teddy bear also appeared in “Macgyver” and “Magnum PI.”

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter M. Lenkov posted the following tribute on Instagram:

“I'm devastated. Heartbroken. I'll post some detailed feelings later. Right now, it's just too hard. T, like I've told you many times, I fell in love with you the first time I auditioned. You walked in with a towel on your head, wiping away your sweat, and I was blown away. You made me want to make you a regular… on the show… and in my life. You were family. And I'll miss you every day, bro. PS: When we spoke last week, we laughed about how right you were from day one. 'Five-0' was our dream job. And I was so lucky we got to share that magic together.”

When the UFC celebrated its 30th anniversary last November, Wily was on hand to help commemorate the event.

Taylor leaves behind his wife and their two children.

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