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Voice Actor Chris Ayres Passes Away at Age 56

There is sad news that voice actor Chris Ayres lost his battle to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He had been diagnosed with end-stage COPD four years ago, and in 2017 Anime Twin Cities set up a fundraiser to help him pay for his medical bills. He was 56-years-old when he passed away on October 18.

In October 2019 he got a necessary lung transplant, but his health required two transplants, as well as surgeries. After this the Oni-Con convention got involved by doing their own fundraiser for his medical expenses.

Anime fans may know him best from his dubbing work, but he was a versatile actor beyond that. He began acting as a professional when he was only six-years-old. Later he starred on Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

He was the older brother of Greg Ayres, and it was through Greg he got into the world of anime. Chris’ voice acting for villain Frieza in the Dragon Ball Z franchise brought him wide praise, and he began doing that voice in 2009, taking over Linda Young’s role.

Besides Frieza, he played Sid in Devil May Cry, Kei Kurono in Gantz, Dave McCartney in Golgo 13, Johnny in One Piece, Corset in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, and Isaak Fernando von Kämpfer in Trinity Blood, to name a few.

He also frequently worked as an ADR director and script writer. He directed the English dubs of Another; Diabolik Lovers More, Blood; Little Busters; Maria Holic; Nobunaga The Fool; Say “I love you.” and more.

His passing is being honored online, both in news articles and by friends and acquaintances speaking out. Toei Animation gave this message:

And his fellow Dragon Ball Z actor Christopher Sabat wrote this:


Ayres’s work has touched many lives during the half century he was working as a professional actor.

Source: ANN


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