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Actor Tamayo Perry’s Mother, Kai Cunningham, Passed Away At The Age of 80

Surfer and actor Tamayo Perry was survived by his wife Emilia Perry.

Tamayo Perry has recently passed away after being attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii.

His lifeless body was found at Malaekahana Beach on Oahu’s North Shore by local surfers with an arm and leg missing.


  • Surfer and actor Tamayo Perry was born and raised by his mother, Kai Cunningham.
  • One of the reddit posts suggests that Perry’s father currently lives in Panama.
  • He married his wife, Emilia Perry, on December 31, 2001.

Tamayo Perry, 49, was born in 1975 in Laie, Hawaii, United States, and sadly passed away on June 23, 2024.

Perry was a movie actor known for his amazing role in Disney’s major blockbuster movie, Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Previously, he appeared in the 2002 Hollywood movies Blue Crush, Hawaii Five-0, and Lost.

The actor describes himself as a “devoted waterman” and a professional surfer. He started surfing when he was only 12 years old and used to borrow surfboards because he had no money to buy them.

In surfing, he became champion at the Pipe Masters Trials in 1999. Later, he started working as an instructor for the Oahu Surfing Experience, which he founded in 2016.

Tamayo Perry’s Parents Played A Supportive Role In His Life

Tamayo Perry was born to Kai Cunningham, his late mother. But his father’s name has not yet been disclosed.

Sadly, her mother passed away in April 2022 at the age of 80. He also posted a photo of his mother on his official Facebook handle in her memory.

Perry also wished her mother a happy birthday, even after her passing. On December 8, 2022, he wrote,

 “ Happy Heavenly Birthday to the most wonderful, caring & loving soul the world has ever known. If still on planet earth, she would have been 81 years young today. All my beautiful mother sincerely ever wanted was for her family & all those that she met on the journey called life, was for them to seek, find & truly know the grace, mercy & abounding love of Jesus. She wanted all that came across her path to be in the presence of Glory & Awesomeness with the King of kings. Hope you’re loving your new home mom & know that I love you & am excited to be reunited with you, & the way the world seems to be heading, I assume that reunion will more likely be sooner rather then later.”

However, Tamayo’s social media doesn’t reveal any information regarding his father. It is known that his father instilled in Tamayo Perry a love for surfing.

One of the reddit posts suggests that Tamayo’s dad currently lives in Panama. One fan commented,

Tamayo’s dad just called me from Panama, where he lives.

If his father is alive, surely he must be devastated by the news of Tamayo’s tragic passing.

Insights On Tamayo Perry’s Family Ethnicity And Origin

Tamayo Perry was of African-American ethnicity. His father had a history with African countries, whereas his mother was originally from the United States.

Talking about his family’s religion, they have a faith in Christianity.

According to his Facebook profile, he had two brothers. However, their name has not been disclosed.

Moreover, Tamayo’s family included his wife, Emilia Perry. They tied the knot on December 31, 2001, and recently celebrated their 22nd marriage anniversary.

Following Tamayo’s passing, fans and close ones have provided heartfelt condolence to his family.

Additional Information

  • Actor and surfer Tamayo Perry had a net worth of around $1.5 million at his passing.
  • He has appeared as Manoa in the short movie The Bridge in 2015.
  • Perry founded Oahu Surfing Experience, which provides private mobile surfing and SUP lessons.
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