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Real Story Behind Christopher Ayres’ Cause of Death at 56

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We are deeply saddened to inform you American voice actor has died on October 18, 2021, at the age of 56. To read all the details surrounding Christopher Ayres’ cause of death, stay up with us.

The heartbreaking news was revealed by his girlfriend Krystal LaPorte, via social media. “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, and his arm wrapped around his Atticus pillow,” she announced.”

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“He was able to pet the real thing hours beforehand. His hands were held. His face was kissed. We played Jim Croce, The Charlie Chaplin musical, and one hand stayed on my waist as I held the other while Unchained Melody played, the song we knew would be the first dance at our wedding,

“His mother and brother told stories of his childhood as he left. I have never been alive in a world where Chris wasn’t. I am scared of it,” she added.

“So much of humanity’s kindness, compassion, gentleness, bravery, generosity, and integrity were concentrated in one man. Everything feels so much colder,” LaPorte said in a Twitter post.

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Christopher Ayres’ Cause of Death Related to COPD

Christopher Ayres’ cause of death was confirmed on October 18. The voice actor passed away after a years-long battle with COPD.

In November 2017, Christopher was diagnosed with end-stage COPD and required a double lung transplant to survive. In November 2019, it was announced that he received new lungs after his surgery.

Chris Ayres, whose full name was Christopher Owen Ayres, was born on May 16, 1965, in Richmond, Virginia, United States. He was known as a voice actor, stage actor, stage director, fight director, ADR director, and scriptwriter.

Real Story Behind Christopher Ayres' Cause of Death at 56
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Chris worked on English versions of Japanese anime series at OkraTron 5000, New Generation Pictures, Funimation, and formerly Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks.

He started his acting career when he was six and has performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as in several regional productions.

Ayres started his voice acting career at ADV Films on Novel series Kino’s Journey as an extra. In anime, he was best known as the voice of Frieza from Dragon Ball Z Kai.

He was also known as the voice actor of Prince Soma from Black Butler, Kei Kurono from Gantz, and Shingen Takeda from the Sengoku Basara series.

Christopher was also known for Mock Combat for Cosplay panels at anime conventions.

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Reactions to Chris Ayres’ Death

Shortly after the heartbreaking news of Chris Ayres’ death was revealed, many friends and fans stated their condolences and paid poignant tributes to the great star.

His girlfriend Krystal LaPorte wrote a heartfelt tribute and paid touching tributes to him. “Chris, I miss your face. I miss your voice. I miss your hugs, and I cannot even begin to comprehend that I will never walk in a doorway again and hear ‘Hey, beautiful girl,’” she wrote.

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a friend, Chris Ayres. Went to visit him in the hospital when I was in Houston for Matsuri in July & was reminded of his amazing spirit & determination. Much love & prayers to his family & friends. We’ll see you again in glory, dear Chris,” Vic Mignogna said.

Real Story Behind Christopher Ayres' Cause of Death at 56
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Scott Fearichs wrote: “Chris Ayres was my first professional director. He was so good, kind, friendly, and immensely dedicated to his craft. He cared about his fans to a degree I’ve rarely seen in this industry. He always did his best to make the world a better place. I believe he did. Rest in peace.”

“Thinking about Chris Ayres, his family, and all the lives he touched throughout his time in this life. Rest in peace,” Zach Aguilar wrote on Twitter.

“Thank you, Chris Ayres, for all that you have done for everyone around the world who has heard the sound of your voice. Many of you may remember him as Frieza in Dragon Ball Super. He always gave it his all & his legacy will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Christopher Ayres,” Alex, known as UnrealEntGaming, tweeted.

Youtuber Frank “Salad” Heffley wrote: “Cannot fucking believe Chris Ayres passed away. Rest In Peace to him. It hurts to lose such an amazing and talented person. He was a fighter; despite what he was going through for so long, he still absolutely nailed all his performances and stayed positive.”


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