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Chris Ayres, English actor of Dragon Ball's Frieza, passes away at 56

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 19, 2021 at 6:44 p.m. PDT • Comments: 24

Iconic voice actor Chris Ayres passed away on October 18, 2021 at the age of 56 following years of battling severe health issues.

Most in the fighting game community know Ayres as the English voice of Dragon Ball's Frieza though his career brought dozens of characters to life for almost two decades.

Ayres took over the difficult responsibility of embodying Dragon Ball's most well-known villain starting in 2010 with the English dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai, which he continued as his health permitted until 2018's Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

His first credited voice acting role came in 2003 as Saint Seiya's Ushio, and he embodied characters across anime and video games including Fairy Tail's Everlue, Gantz's Kei, One Piece's Johnny and Mr. 11, Fullmetal Alchemist's Lt. General Raven, Akame ga Kill!'s Daidara, Gatchaman's Hontwarl Captain, Black Butler's Soma, and so many more.

On top of his years behind the microphone, Ayres also found success as a writer and ADR director in anime and other televisions shows too.

Ayres' final role came earlier this year in the short The Dog Park: Prank Calls.

In late 2017, Ayres was diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and required a double lung transplant, which he received in 2019.

Earlier this year in July, Ayres revealed to fans and friends that he had been hospitalized with difficulties breathing, talking and weakness in his body.

Krystal LaPorte, Ayres girlfriend, shared the heartbreaking news of his passing today, which sent shockwaves across multiple fandoms and those who knew him.

Sean Schemmel, the English voice of Goku, and thousands of fans, friends and colleagues around the world are sharing their grief, well wishes and fondest memories of Ayres.

Everyone at EventHubs sends their deepest and heartfelt condolences to Chris' family, friends and loved ones. Ayres' GoFundMe page can be found here to help cover the costs of his medical procedures and hospitalizations.

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