Hawai’i’ Story Editor Was 42

A future place of NCIS: Hawaii to pay tribute to Yakira Chambers, the story editor for the CBS drama who died suddenly last week at the age of 42.

Chambers’ family told Deadline the initial cause of death was acute asphyxia. He was with his mother outside a store in Newport Beach, California on Wednesday evening when he started having trouble breathing and then collapsed.

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Chambers was promoted to series editor for Season 2 of NCIS: Hawaii after joining the show as a staff writer on the NCIS the first season of the spinoff, writing four episodes. He received staff writer status after being selected as a mentee in the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program in 2020-2021.

He will be honored in an episode of the show in January, airing the week after a three-hour NCIS universe crossover episode scheduled for January 2.

Chambers’ work credits include HBO Insecure; Saban Movies’ John Henry (with Terry Crews); comedy short series The Perils of the Awkward Black Girl (with Issa Rae); and comedy series MO Diariesco-written by Lena Waithe, in which she played Michelle Obama.

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In addition to his work at NCIS: HawaiiChambers is developing his own projects including a TV pilot he wrote on prison director turned author and social service advocate Larry Hoover, and My educationa TV pilot” about his own experiences growing up on the left [of Chicago] and attends an all-white high school.

Chambers was born in Chicago and graduated at the top of his class from Lindblom Math and Science Academy High School, according to information provided by his family. He earned a bachelor’s degree, with a special emphasis in information management systems, from Southern Illinois University and later worked as a program quality assurance manager at St. He received his Master’s in business administration from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville but, drawn to a career in the entertainment industry, he moved to Los Angeles.

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In LA, he completed a two-year Meisner intensive program at the Joanne D. Baron / DW Brown Studio. Chambers also attended the prestigious Midsummer at Oxford Program of the British American Drama Academy; Alums of the program include Ruth Negga, Paul Giamatti, Tracie Thoms and the late Chadwick Boseman.

Chambers’ first acting credits include 2007 films Look at medirected by Carlton Enoch, a I tell you Chuck & Larry, directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the WGA.

Chambers is survived by her husband Anthony Welch, son André Welch, and mother Constance Chambers. His family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral and other expenses. A memorial service is being planned for the Department, with a date to be announced.

Her family said of Chambers, “Her sudden and untimely death has left us all devastated. Yakira was a beacon, a symbol of hope in our community, a keeper of our culture. , and is a symbol of what it means to pursue your dreams. The family added, “Yakira’s passion was more than her day-to-day work in business; she wanted to help others would do it in a different way. He believed in equality, and in bringing down people of color to create a level playing field for all. This desire was fulfilled in the form of his source, CureConstanceFoundation, an organization born from the need to have financial options for those in health crisis.

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Constance Chambers, Yakira’s mother, told Deadline, “I love her and I will love her forever. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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