Tributes continue to flow for Pua Magasiva

Tributes flood in for popular Samoan actor Pua Magasiva, 38, who was found dead in Wellington over the weekend on May 11, as friends, families and fellow actors express their grief.



The sudden death of Pua Magasiva sent shockwaves through New Zealand and prompted an "outpouring of love" which has been seen and felt by his grieving family. A spokesperson for the actor's family said they were in an "acute stage of grief" but wanted to thank the public for their support.


Pua was remembered for his kindness, laughter and talent by friends, colleagues and stars from around the world. As reported, the former Shortland Street actor was found dead in Wellington on Saturday morning- with police saying there were no suspicious circumstances.


A spokesperson from South Pacific Pictures confirmed his death.



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As well as appearing in more than 450 Shortland Street episodes, he was known for his roles in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Sione's Wedding, and television series Auckland Daze and Outrageous Fortune and was also a breakfast show host The Wake Up Call on radio station Flava. Former co-hosts, Sela Alo and Tarsh Ieremia have shared their grief with messages addressed to him.



Hey Pooz I’ve been really struggling this weekend and couldn't bring myself to post or write anything sole, but I just had to. I’m gonna write to you again soon, but I just had to tell you something. Have you seen the amount of love people have for you?😊Do you know how many lives you’ve touched with your stink jokes, your stink charm, your stink handsomeness and your stink haircut??🤦🏽‍♂️Have a look through our timeline Pooz – actually have a look through anyone’s timeline and I bet you, you’ll see YOU – smiling next to someone, laughing with someone, standing side by side with someone! Man, I was like – how the heck does someone know this many people?😳You’ve taken more photos with people than Michael Jackson!🕺🏽 People love you uce! And they miss you… so so much! I wanna punch you in the pants right now but I also wanna hug you and hold you…I need to share some things about how I’m feeling soon, but for now, on behalf of the thousands of hearts you’ve made smile….we love you…God Bless, talk soon.❤️🙏🏾❤️ Sela

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Over the past year Magasiva had spent time volunteering for the Glenfield Salvation Army, with the organisation paying tribute to him on Facebook.


"One of the only guys that seemed genuinely interested in what we were doing within the Salvation Army – he was so much fun to be around, he worked like a trooper, so much so I would often tell him to settle down," the post read.


Fellow actors and entertainers also expressed feelings of grief and devastation.


Actor Jay Laga'aia says he worked with Pua only a fortnight ago and thought how easy our young Polynesian talents thrive in this industry. My thoughts go out to his family."


On-screen son Duane Wichman-Evans Jr, Jayden Daniels posted a touching tribute:



Star of The Breaker Upperers Madeleine Sami said she was "heartbroken", sending love to the Magasivas "for the loss of your beautiful boy Pua".


Singer Sammy J reminisced about being interviewed by Pua, "You were the first person to ever interview me, I remember I was so green and nervous, and you helped me find my own voice when it came to interviews simply by allowing me to be as weird as I was.


"Even as your career progressed you always had time for me, you always checked in to see how the music was going.. it makes me sad.. maybe I should have checked in on you.. you’ll be missed Pua. Til we meet again."


Pua leaves a daughter from his first marriage and wife Lizz Sadler, who he married in 2018.



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