It has come to my attention that I must share some sad news for everyone in the anime community. It has been announced that voice actor Billy Kametz has passed away on June 9th. He was the age of 35 and his cause of death was colon cancer. According to his GoFundMe page, the campaign will be closed on June 14th and all the donated money will be used for his celebration of his life and his funeral. His funeral will be on the 18th of the month.
Kametz was born on March 22, 1987 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His obituary stated Kametz had dreamed of becoming an actor since early childhood, and he got his break with Disney as an entertainment staff member on a Disney cruise line. He later played the role of Aladdin in Disneyland’s Musical Spectacular.
It was reported back in April that Billy Kametz was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. He spent time with his family and went through health procedures to treat his body.
Billy Kametz is well known for voicing characters such as Josuke from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable, Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero, Rui in Demon Slayer and Metal Lee from Boruto.
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I have some bad news for you today. In case you didn’t know, anime voice actor and Nickelodeon actor Kirk Baily passed away on February 28. He was the age of 59 and he died from lung cancer in which he was diagnosed for six months.
Kirk Baily appeared on the Nickelodeon series Salute Your Shorts and played as Kevin “Ug” Lee. He also did voices in anime such as Knives from Trigun, Shin in Cowboy Bebop and Garma Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy.
It has come to my attention that I bring you tragic news for the anime community. Yesterday, it was reported online that anime voice actor Chris Ayres has passed away due to fighting years with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It was first announced by his wife Krystal LaPorte in which she revealed the news on Twitter. He was only 56 of age.
He voiced Frieza starting from 2009 to all the way to 2019, from Dragon Ball Z Kai to all the way to the movie Dragon Ball Super Broly. According to Bounding Into Comics, he also voiced other anime characters in different anime such as Kei Kurano in Gantz and Ushio in Saint Seiya.
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I found this news recently during this weekend and it has come to my attention that I have to address it. It’s been reported online that voice actress Philece Sampler has passed away last week. She was the age of 67 and cause of death was heart attack. Her death dated on July 1st. Philace is well-known for voicing anime and western animation shows. Philece voiced Mimi Tachikawa in Digimon, Beauty in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobobo, Silvia from the anime Viewtiful Joe and Betty Ross from the animated series The Incredible Hulk (1996).
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News broke out yesterday and I have unfortunately have to inform everyone that manga author Kentaro Miura has passed away. Revealed through the official Berserk Twitter, Kentaro Miura passed away on May 6th due to an acute aortic dissection. He was only 54. Miura was born in 1966 in Chiba City and by age 10, he was inspired to write manga. In age 18, he became a manga artist assistant and worked with George Morikawa who created Hajime no Ippo. In 1988, he created his first draft of Berserk at Nihon University and in 1989, he revised the first chapter and published it.
It’s unknown what’s going to happen for the Berserk manga, but Miura’s work helped inspired fans and gave them an exciting story.
I have some unfortunate news to share with you in the world of anime and video games. It has been reported this weekend that a well respected voice actor has passed away. Prolific voice actor Brad Venable passed away this weekend; with permission from his friends and family, his death was reported on January 8th. Brad Venable was the age of 43. Venable is well known in many works such as voicing Griffon in Devil May Cry V, Scratchman Apoo in One Piece and even the voice of Marvel’s 2018 film Venom. While Tom Hardy played as Eddie Brock and Venom, Venable was the one who provided the voice of Venom, but Hollywood discredited him and left him out of the credits.
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It is sad news to report that anime and video game Japanese voice actor Keiji Fujiwara has recently passes away. It was reported that his time of death was April 12th and he was the age of 55; the cause of death was from cancer.
Fujiwara is well-known for voicing many characters from anime, video games and dubbing Western films. In anime, he voiced Maes Hugh from Fullmetal Alchemist and Captain Hannes from Attack on Titan. In video games, he was involved with doing the voice of Reno from Final Fantasy VII (Remake and the other titles), Ardyn from Final Fantasy XV and Leah/Axel from Kingdom Hearts. He also did the Japanese dub for Tony Stark/Iron Man from the MCU movies.
May God give him rest.
I got some sad news for Dragon Ball fans. This weekend, we were hit with tragic news in regards to the voice acting industry. The Spanish voice actor of Gohan from Dragon Ball was killed on Saturday. The voice actor is named Luis Alfonso Mendoza and he was the age of 55 when he died.
According to IGN, Mendoza was killed by a man during an altercation with renting living space. To make matters worse, the suspect not only killed Mendoza, but he also killed his wife and brother-in-law. The suspect tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, but ultimately failed and left him in critical condition and still alive.
Mendoza has voiced Gohan since 1996 and he has voiced many cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also did Spanish Dubs for live-action shows such as Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Joey from Friends.
I have come to tell you some terrible news in the world of the anime community. According to Anime News Network, voice actor Brice Armstrong has passed away. According to a Facebook page from Mary Collins Agency, Brice died on January 10, 2020 from natural causes and he was 84 years of age. If you don’t know who Brice voiced, he was well-known for voicing Dragon Ball characters such as Captain Ginyu, Lord Slug and was also Douglas in Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus.
If you are a Fate/stay night fan, you may have watched anime such as the Fate/Zero prequel series and the Unlimited Blade Works series. However, before all this a studio called DEEN created a Fate/stay night series in 2006. The one that directed the 2006 version was Yuji Yamaguchi and according to Crunchyroll, he passed away. Studio DEEN tweeted the news but according to the site, they removed and they haven’t explained the cause of death.
Yamaguchi is well-known for only doing this 2006 anime but he also helped directed the 2010 film Unlimited Blade Works.
Crunchyroll also listed anime in which he also in worked in the following:
- 1999’s Angel Links
- 2001’s Strawberry Eggs
- 2007’s Touka Gettan
- 2014’s Z/X IGNITION