Chris Ayres, who voiced Frieza on ‘Dragon Ball,’ dead at 56

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He was the voice of a era of anime followers.

Chris Ayres, greatest recognized for voicing the “Dragon Ball” villain Frieza, has died at age 56.

His passing was revealed on Twitter by girlfriend and fellow anime voice star Krystal LaPorte.

“On October 18th at 8:40 pm, my world went dark,” the “Tamako Market” actress wrote. “Christopher Owen Ayres passed away peacefully, held close by his mother, brother, and girlfriend.”

As of but, Ayres’ reason behind dying hasn’t been specified, though he was recognized with end-stage cardiac obstructive pulmonary illness in 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported. The anime icon subsequently stored followers abreast of his well being standing on social media, usually importing pics of his hospital stays and remedy classes.

Ayres’ girlfriend and fellow Anime star Kyrstal LaPorte introduced his passing on Twitter.
Twitter / Krystal LaPorte

In 2020, family and friends created a GoFundMe for her beau with the purpose of serving to pay for an important double lung transplant for Ayres. The fundraiser garnered over $75,000 as of 2021.

The Virginia-born voice actor first made a splash within the “DB” universe by showing on Funimation’s dub of “Dragon Ball Z Kai.” He went on to painting highly effective baddie Freiza in “Dragon Ball,” and the film spinoff “Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie” in addition to a number of “DB” video video games.

Aside from his work on “Dragon Ball,” Ayres lent his voice to quite a lot of different anime tasks, together with “Maburaho,” “Black Butler,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Gantz,” “Tears to Tiara,” and “Fairy Tail.”

Voice actors Sean Schemmel, Chris Ayres (center) and Christopher Sabat attend the “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ San Diego Comic Con” opening night time VIP get together held at Whiskey Girl on July 9, 2015 in San Diego, California.
Tommaso Boddi

Friends and followers have since flocked to social media to mourn the anime legend’s passing.

“Rest In Peace, Christopher Ayres,” wrote Funimation on Twitter. “Thank you for all that you’ve done for so many fans. We’ll miss you dearly.”

Toei Animation, the Japanese studio behind “Dragon Ball,” “Sailor Moon,” and different anime classics, additionally provided their condolences, writing:

“May you rest in peace Chris Ayres, a magnificent voice actor who brought many wonderful characters to life including our Frieza. You will always be remembered. Thank you for everything.”

Ayres voiced the highly effective baddie Frieza on “Dragon Ball”

“Chris loved you all,” wrote Laporte on Twitter. “How much he loved other people filled the vast majority of our conversations.”

She added, “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.”