47-year-old actor Kirby Morrow, best known to otaku for playing Miroku in Inuyasha and Goku in the Ocean Productions dub of Dragon Ball Z, passed away on Wednesday. While multiple outlets have confirmed this fact, a cause of death has not been released.
Along with Inuyasha and DBZ, Morrow played Trowa Barton in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Teru Mikami in Death Note, Van in Escaflowne, and Billy Katagiri in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. He had recently begun reprising his role of Miroku in the Inuyasha spinoff Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.
He also had multiple notable roles outside of the anime realm, including being Captain Dave Kleinman in Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe.
People who knew Morrow within the industry were quick to share their condolences:
We are extremely sad about the recent news and loss in the voice acting community today. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family, friends and all staff who have known and worked with him. Rest In Peace Kirby Morrow 💔💔💔
— Sentai (@SentaiFilmworks) November 20, 2020
Shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of dear @Kirby_Morrow. It seems at every important stage in my career, he was there at the mic right next to mine. Jay, Van, Nutcracker Prince, Miroku. My good luck charm. He'll be so very missed by myself & our entire community. pic.twitter.com/Or9joPf6Lc
— Kelly Sheridan (@KSheridanVoice) November 20, 2020
We’re incredibly sad to hear the news of voice actor Kirby Morrow’s passing. He was an amazing talent and we were honored to have worked with him on Inuyasha and Yashahime. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) November 20, 2020
Morrow’s talents have clearly touched a lot of people.
Source: Anime News Network
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