Shallow Hal was the only film Joshua Shintani ever appeared in

By Tierney McAfee
November 30, 2015 06:00 PM

Joshua Shintani, a ukulele player best known for appearing with Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2001 romantic comedy Shallow Hal, has reportedly died of pneumonia at age 32.

Shintani’s mother took him to an emergency room on Kauai in Hawaii early last week, where he was diagnosed with an advanced case of pneumonia, according to TMZ. He reportedly died on Wednesday.

Joshua Shintani
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Shintani made a short but sweet cameo in Shallow Hal – the only film he ever appeared in – in which he played the ukulele and sang the song “Never Forget Where I’m From.”

Shallow Hal co-director Peter Farrelly discovered Shintani while vacationing in Hawaii. The then-high school senior was playing his ukulele outside a public library.

Shintani was flown to Los Angeles for a screen test and offered a role in the film immediately after, according to Variety.

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