The New Zealand Herald is reporting that Somoan-born actor Pua Magasiva was found dead in New Zealand on Saturday. He was 38.
Magasiva was best known for playing the Red Wind Ranger Shane Clarke on Power Rangers Ninja Storm that aired in 2003 and nurse Vinnie on the drama Shortland Street in his home country from 2003–2006 and again from 2011–2018.
The outlet said that police were called to a home in Wellington, New Zealand, early on Saturday morning, where they found the actor unresponsive.
A police spokesperson told The Herald that they found “no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death,” and would be referring the case to the coroner.
Magasiva was born in Apia, Samoa, but raised in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2001, he landed a role in a six-part Māori language television series called Aroha. The series went on to screen at the International Film Festival in Auckland, receiving critical praise. Finally in 2003, Magasiva nailed the leading roles in both Power Rangers: Ninja Storm (which included a guest appearance by Robbie in one episode) and Shortland Street.
His co-star on Power Rangers, Elvis Dutan, tweeted his memory of Magasiva:
Ninja Storm was an important Power Rangers season for me.
It was the first one that hit every note I could want in a show. Corny, action-packed, funny, dramatic, witty.
And it all relied on an amazing cast and crew.
Gonna miss you Pua Magasiva. Bless you, wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/xURSOJCTW9
— Elvis Dutan (@the_snickman) May 11, 2019
The actor is survived by wife Lizz Sadler, whom he married last April 2018 nearly 10 months after meeting. He has a 7-year-old daughter from his previous marriage, and his brother Robbie.
Source: New Zealand Herald