Voice actor Chris Ayres, famous for voicing Frieza in Dragon Ball has recently passed away.
Christopher Owen Ayres was an American stage actor, voice actor, stage director, fight choreographer, and scriptwriter. He worked on many Japanese anime series over his 20 years long career. His most notable voice acting works were Frieza from Dragon Ball Z Kai and Dragon Ball Super, Kei Kurono from Gantz, Prince Soma from Black Butler, and Shingen Takeda from the Sengoku Basara.
Back in November of 2017, Chris was diagnosed with end-stage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Since then, he was very open about his struggles with the disease and there is also a GoFundMe page where his fans and wellwishers could donate.
Krystal LaPorte, his girlfriend and fellow voice actor recently shared some sad news about Chris Ayres that left a lot of Dragon Ball fans in tears. According to the Twitter post made by Krystal, Chris is no longer with us and has passed away. She wrote,
“On October 18th at 8:40 pm, my world went dark. Christopher Owen Ayres passed away peacefully, held close by his mother, brother and girlfriend.”
She also wrote, “His hand was held. His face was kissed. We played Jim Croce, The Charlie Chaplin musical, and one hand swayed on my waist as I held the other while Unchained Melody played, the song we knew would be the first at our wedding. His mother and brother told stories of his childhood as he left”.
She also thanked Chris’s fans and well wishers 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 coud go.”
“I know a lot of people reading this will ask “is there anything I can do?” please be more like Chris. Please if you learned anything from him, put it in this world. It needs him. Please fill it with love and laughter, always.”