Unfortunate news coming from Houston today as Dragon Ball Z voice actor, Christopher Ayres, finds himself facing an irreversible lung disease.
Ayres is best known for voicing everyone’s favorite Dragon Ball Z villain Frieza has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (C.O.P.D) which can cause fatal without a double lung transplant.
Christopher Sabat over on Twitter sent out a call to arms for his co-worker,“The voice of Frieza needs us! On top of being an extraordinarily talented actor, Christopher Ayres is one of the most thoughtful, selfless people I know. If you can, please donate to or share this [fundraiser],” Sabat wrote.
The voice of Frieza needs us!
On top of being an extraordinarily talented actor, Christopher Ayres is one of the most thoughtful, selfless people I know.
— Christopher Sabat (@VoiceOfVegeta) November 15, 2017
A YouCaring fundraiser has been started in an effort to help Ayres and his family with medical costs, as despite having insurance and income, multiple major surgeries and constant care have led to insurmountable bills.
“Earlier this year actor/director Christopher Ayres was rushed to a Houston hospital with complicated respiratory difficulties. A team of pulmonary doctors diagnosed Chris with “End Stage C.O.P.D.”, an irreversible illness that would require a double lung transplant in order for him to survive.
“Due to hospitalization, and rehabilitation Chris has not been able to work since March. In spite of being insured, the deductibles, and non-covered expenses have been continuous, and are exhausting his and his family’s resources. While it’s hard to determine exactly how much assistance will be needed at this stage of the process, these costs have become a concern.” reads an excerpt from the YouCaring page.
Chris has been a long time friend to both the anime and convention community. known for roles such as in addition to voicing Frieza, Ayres has directed multiple anime titles including The Nerima Daikon Brothers, Beyond the Boundary and Another and Bodacious Space Pirates.
Our best wishes go out to Ayres and his family, and we’d like to extend a special thank you to the man that incited so many beautifully terrorizing emotions as we anxiously watched one of Dragon Ball’s most iconic villains over the years.