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11/30/2015 04:36 pm ET

'Shallow Hal' Actor Joshua Shintani Dead At 32

He was hospitalized with an advanced case of pneumonia last week.

Joshua Shintani, who appeared in the movie "Shallow Hal," died on Nov. 25 at the age of 32, reports TMZ. 

Shintani's mother told the website that her son was hospitalized last week in Hawaii, where he was diagnosed with an advanced case of pneumonia. 

Fans of the 2001 movie starring Jack Black may remember Shintani as a character called Li'iBoy. He appeared in a memorable scene in which he played "Never Forget Where I'm From" on the ukulele.

Director Peter Farrelly is said to have discovered Shintani while he was vacationing in Hawaii. He spotted him strumming his ukulele outside a library and cast him in the film. 

"This red rental car comes by and the man driving passed me and stared at me and gave me this look, his mouth was open," Shintani previously told The Garden Island newspaper. "All of a sudden he turns around and stops at the corner where I was at and he asked me to come over, and asked me if I want to be in a movie."

 

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