Shallow Hal Actor Joshua Shintani Dead at 32: Details

Joshua Shintani
Joshua Shintani Tsuni/iPhoto.ca via Newscom

Joshua Shintani, the ukelele player who starred alongside Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow in Shallow Hal, died on Wednesday, Nov. 25, TMZ reports. He was 32.

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According to TMZ, Shintani’s mother took him to an emergency room in Kauai, Hawaii, last week, where doctors diagnosed him with an advanced case of pneumonia shortly before he passed away.

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The actor starred in a memorable scene in the 2001 film Shallow Hal, where he played “Never Forget Where I’m From” on the ukulele. The role made Shintani a local celeb in Hawaii, but it was the only time he ever starred on the big screen.

Joshua 'L'iboy' Shintani and Jason Alexander in
Joshua 'L'iboy' Shintani and Jason Alexander in "Shallow Hal" 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection

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