Willie K Biography – Willie K Wiki
Willie K born William Awihilima Kahaiali’i was an American musician, vocalist, singer/songwriter, and record producer. He performed several styles of music such as Hawaiian, rock, blues and opera. He began performing at age 8 alongside his father, Hawaiian jazz guitarist Manu Kahaiali’i. He also performed alongside Prince, Mick Fleetwood, Stephen Tyler, Willie Nelson, and Santana.
During his long music career, he won 19 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Some of his acclaims included several albums of the year awards, Male Vocalist of the Year in 1992 and 2010, and Most Promising Artist, according to Hawaii News Now. He was also nominated for a Grammy.
Willie K Age
Willie K was born on October 17, 1960, as William Awihilima Kahaiali’i. He died on May 18, 2020. He was 59 years old.
Willie K Wife, Debbie
Willie K was married to his wife, Debbie Kahaiali‘i.
Willie K Daughter – Willie K Children
Willie and his wife Debbie had 4 children, Karshaun, Max, Lycettiana, and Antoinette.
Willie K Health – Willie K Cancer
Willie K was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in January 2018. On January 30, 2020, Willie announced in a Facebook post that his cancer was terminal. He wrote, “I just want to say mahalo to all my fans out there for my show. And what I said earlier about the stages of my cancer, I am at terminal now but I’m still going to be rocking. I’m not gonna stop — can’t do nothing. Iy can’t take me down so especially with all these blessings from each and every one of you. Praise God, yes, praise God.”
Willie K Death
Willie K died on May 18, 2020, at age 59 after a 2-year battle with lung cancer. His family confirmed his death in an Instagram post on his Instagram page: “We are sad to announce that Willie K has passed away on Monday night (May 18th) in his home in Wailuku surrounded by his ohana.
“Initially in January 2018, he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. He fought hard for over 2 years while still performing. In mid February of this year, he was hospitalized for pneumonia which caused complications with his lung cancer.
“He was in positive spirits, doing okay, and he was looking forward to performing again. He then suddenly turned for the worse and lost his battle.”
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Thank you to EVERYONE for all the love, support and prayers you have given. We are sad to announce that Willie K has passed away on Monday night (May 18th) in his home in Wailuku surrounded by his ohana. Initially in January 2018, he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. He fought hard for over 2 years while still performing. In mid February of this year, he was hospitalized for pneumonia which caused complications with his lung cancer. He was in positive spirits, doing okay, and he was looking forward to performing again. He then suddenly turned for the worse and lost his battle. A celebration of Willie’s life will be announced at a later time.
Mayor Michael Victorino paid tribute to Willie K in a statement: “Willie remained positive as he fought cancer bravely for two years, still choosing to perform and entertain fans even while ill. He was generous with his time and immense talent that spanned musical styles from Hawaiian to rock, to blues and opera. Joycelyn and I extend our prayers and deep sympathy to Willie’s family, friends and countless fans and admirers. We mourn a great loss for our community. He will truly be missed but never forgotten.”
Senator Brian Schatz said in a statement: “Rest in aloha, Willie K. I extend my deepest sympathy and aloha to his ohana. With his voice, he bridged blues and Hawaiian, local and mainstream, music and culture. Willie K blazed a trail that redefined music in Hawai‘i and helped other local artists succeed. We will long remember his energetic spirit, his passion, and the music he shared with Hawai‘i and the world. While he will be greatly missed, his music will live on.”
Willie K Cause of Death
Willie K’s cause of death was pneumonia which caused complications with his lung cancer.
Willie K Net Worth
Willie K’s net worth is under review.
Willie K Instagram
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