Brad Venable, a prolific voice actor known for his roles in games such as Devil May Cry 5, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as dozens of anime, died last night at the age of 43. The cause of Venable’s sudden passing has not been determined at this time.
Venable has received scores of tributes from his peers in the voice acting community on Twitter, with reactions to his untimely passing and others telling stories about how his guidance and friendship towards them made an impact on their careers and enriched the voice acting world at large.
Darrel Delfin, an actor known for Dragon Ball Z and Secret of Mana, tweeted a video with permission from Venable’s wife Kathryn in which he said, through sobs, how much he’ll miss the kindness and respect he gave him that others didn’t.
Faye Mata, the actress for Aqua in Konosuba, for example, tweeted a video of a voice acting workshop she and Venable took together, where she said she couldn’t do a Southern accent but he instilled the confidence in her to try and do it anyway.
Erica Mendez, actress for Aggretsuko, said that he was very supportive of every one of his colleagues regardless of where they stand in their voice-acting career, be they newly-minted or well-seasoned.
Venable was best known for the role of Griffon, who was V’s familiar in Devil May Cry 5, and as Kostas and Nader in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He also displayed his vocal prowess in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Astral Chain, World of Warcraft, and Pokemon Masters.
Outside of video games, Venable lent his voice talents to dozens of anime, such as Attack on Titan, where he voiced Daz; Fate/Apocrypha, as Master of Saber of Black, Gordes Musik Yggdmillennia; and One Piece as Scratchmen Apoo. He also made appearances in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K: Reawakened, Aggretsuko, Assassination Classroom, My Hero Academia, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Tokyo Ghoul, Noragami, Fairy Tail, and the Dragon Ball series.
TheGamer extends our condolences to Venable’s friends and family.
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