Chris Ayres, the English voice of Frieza from Dragon Ball Kai has unfortunately passed away today. When I first heard his’ Frieza in Kai, I fell in love with how his voice potrayal was and today, it’s one of my favorite voices to try and mimic. I drew this Frieza in honor of Chris Ayres almost three years to the date. Sharing it once again after hearing he passed away. A phenomenal actor and person all-around, if words from his friends are anything to go buy (which they are).
I can’t stop crying about the loss of my dear friend and colleague, Chris Ayers. I never thought I’d say this because I used to tease him about it all the time, but thank you Chris, for the Love and Laughter, Always…I’ll see you in Otherworld bro, and we’ll spar again, Frieza..
Christopher Owen Ayres (May 16, 1965-October 18, 2021) was an American voice actor, ADR director and screenwriter. He has worked in Funimation, OkraTron 5000, New Generation Pictures and formerly Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks works in many Japanese anime series. He began to voice Kino’s Journey in ADV Films. In the anime, he is called the voice of Frieza of Dragon Ball Z Kai, Kei Kurono of Gantz, Prince Soma of Black Butler and Shingen Takeda of the Sengoku Basara series. He is also known for his role-playing panel simulation battles at the Anime Conference.
In November 2017, Ayres was diagnosed with end-stage COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and required a double lung transplant to survive. Launched the YouCaring fundraising campaign, seeking US$25,000 to assist with medical care and procedures. He died on October 18, 2021 due to health complications.