Chris Ayres, best known for his work as the voice of Frieza in Dragon Ball's English dub, has died at the age of 56.
His death was revealed by Ayres's girlfriend, fellow voice actor Krystal LaPorte on Twitter, stating:
On October 18th at 8:40pm, my world went dark. Christopher Owen Ayres passed away peacefully, held close by his mother, brother, and girlfriend.
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Dragon Ball Frieza Voice Actor Chris Ayres Dies At 56
LaPorte continued by saying:
“Chris loved you all. How much he loved other people filled the vast majority of our conversations. To those of you who truly loved him back, thank you. To those of you who stayed in touch, checked on him, reminded him that he was so, so much more than his job.
You were the fuel of his fight. You fed the dreams of a future that kept him going longer than any normal person could go. I hope where you are, the first thing you did was take a long, deep breath with your perfect lungs and dance again.”
Back in 2017, Ayres was diagnosed with cardiac obstructive pulmonary disease, and he's been very vocal about his struggles on social media in the past years.
While perhaps best known for portraying Frieza, other voice roles he did include series like Maburaho, Black Butler, Sengoku Basara, Gantz, Tears to Tiara, Fairy Tail, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and many more. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.