NCIS: Hawai'i to air tribute to writer who died suddenly aged 42

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NCIS: Hawai'i will pay tribute to writer and story editor Yakira Chambers, who passed away at age 42.

The spinoff will honour Chambers during the long-anticipated, three-hour NCIS crossover set to air on January 2 next year.

The writer was promoted to story editor for the second season of the show led by Love is Blind's Vanessa Lachey. Chambers also acted on Insecure alongside Issa Rae.

As per Deadline, Chambers' preliminary cause of death is acute asphyxiation, which occurs when the body is deprived of oxygen.

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Prior to pivoting to writing, Chambers also appeared in the Terry Crews movie John Henry and had an uncredited role in comedy film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry.

She wrote four episodes of NCIS: Hawai'i as well as developing new projects, including a pilot for a series called Myseducation. The show is based on Chambers' own experiences growing up on the South Side of Chicago and attending a majority-white high school.

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Her family released a statement to share the sad news, saying: "Her sudden and untimely death has left us all grief-stricken. Yakira was a light, a symbol of hope to our community, a steward of our culture, and a representation of what pursuing your dreams looks like.

"Yakira's passion extended beyond her daily work in the business; she loved helping others create a way out of no way. She believed in equity, and the demarginalisation of persons of colour to create a level playing field for all.

"This passion was actualised in the form of her foundation, CureConstanceFoundation, an organisation born out of the necessity for finding financial options for those in health crisis."

NCIS Hawai'i airs on CBS in the US, and on Disney+ in the UK.

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