The voice acting community suffered a loss on January 7, 2021, as voice actor Brad Venable passed away at the age of 43. Originally, a cause of death was not given, but Venable’s wife has permitted his colleagues to share news of her husband’s recent passing. Over the weekend, it was later confirmed by voice actor Kyle McCarley (Nier Automata) that Venable died from a heart attack and tested positive for COVID-19 the day before his death.
A COVID-19 test @bradvenable took the day before he died of a heart attack came back positive. He was far more cautious about it than most, and it still killed him. PLEASE take this virus seriously, lest it take someone you love, too
— get vaccinated like 𝕂𝕪𝕝𝕖 𝕄𝕔ℂ𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕖𝕪 (@KyleMcCarley) January 9, 2021
Within the first 12 hours, many actors in the video game and anime industry expressed their sorrow over the loss of their dear friend and co-worker via Twitter, including the likes of Kira Buckland (Nier Automata), Allegra Clark (Fire Emblem: Three Houses), Courtenay Taylor (Mass Effect 2 and 3) and many more.
Rest in peace, our dear friend @bradvenable.
One of the most truly kind, honest, selfless and generous people I have ever known in the voiceover community. The example of a light we should all strive to be.
I still have the gift you gave me hanging in my living room.
— Kira Buckland ★ (@KiraBuckland) January 8, 2021
It was a privilege to share the booth with you on so many incredible occasions. It was an even greater privilege to glare at you whenever you bought me a coffee and refused to let me pay you back because you were fiercely generous and loving.
Your Glowstick pic.twitter.com/YrkKgwut5X
— Allegra Clark (@SimplyAllegra) January 8, 2021
Fair winds and following seas, sweet buddy. A man who was always grateful and excited to be right here, doing what you loved while cheering on your friends. We are better for knowing you, your talent and your light. Rest well and peacefully, friend. @bradvenable pic.twitter.com/aTkUTfYp6W
— Courtenay Taylor / Scarlett Rhodes COD Mobile (@courtenaytaylor) January 8, 2021
@bradvenable man I can’t believe I’m even having to type this. You are such a supportive, positive force. One of the biggest things I was looking forward to when this was over was just sharing a coffee with you again. No one will fill that seat. Bring me a water from heaven?
— Zeno Robinson: One Closer To God (@childishgamzeno) January 8, 2021
Venable was best known for his work in games such as Devil May Cry V, where he portrayed Griffon, and starred in games like Ace Combat 7, Serious Sam 4, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Desperados III, and many more. He also starred in several anime series, such as Dragon Ball Super, Hunter X Hunter, One Piece and Attack on Titan. Additionally, since 2018, he was the narrator for the Honest Game Trailers series on YouTube.