Prominent Hawaii musician Ernie Cruz, Jr., of the Ka’au Crater Boys, died today at Sandy Beach, the Honolulu Medical Examiner and a family member confirmed.
Lifeguards pulled a man out of the water after he was found unresponsive about 100 to 150 yards offshore at Sandy Beach about 2:30 p.m., according to an Emergency Medical Services report. Lifeguards performed CPR on the man, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The Medical Examiner’s office identified him as Cruz, 56. The musician’s sister, Desiree, confirmed her brother’s death on Facebook. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow, the office said.
Cruz, along with Troy Fernandez, formed the duo Ka’au Crater Boys in the early 1990s.
Cruz father, well-known musician Ernie Cruz Sr., died in May in Arizona. His brothers John and Guy are also well-known local musicians.