After working on FUNimation’s English dubs for more than a decade, voice actor Cole Brown passed away on November 18th. He was 60 – such an early loss for a man who gave us so much joy. His multitudes of roles included One Piece‘s Blackbeard, Vahriz in The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Heaven Canceller in A Certain Magical Index, as well as the Celestial Spirit King in Fairy Tail, and the narrator for Jormungand and Desert Punk.

Just this season, Brown was voicing Lord Redford in FUNimation’s dub of Izetta: The Last Witch. They announced his passing to fans on Thursday, and stated that David Wald, who also voices Fairy Tail‘s Gajeel Redfox, will be taking his place in the role from now on.

A hero in more than the 2D realms, Brown also served as a firefighter and paramedic. He will be missed in all the lives he touched, as an actor or otherwise, and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

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I remember hearing this in Twitter. Really awful news.


Always sad to hear things like this. Wishing all the best for his family and loved ones

Rocco B

Sad news 🙁


It’s always sad to see a great actor pass away 🙁 I watch all my Anime in the original Japanese so never in English, but long ago I used to watch in English. There were certainly some very good English dubs. Sad news this, especially since he was so young.


Sad to see one of our legends pass. Glad someone like David Wald will take his place in Izetta, definitely a good choice. Sad, nonetheless.