Sad news for Dragon Ball fans, especially for those looking forward to Dragon Ball FighterZ; the voice actor behind Frieza — certainly an important and much-loved character in the franchise — is suffering life-threatening health difficulties.
Veteran voice actor Christopher Ayres was hospitalized earlier this year in Houston, according to the actor’s YouCaring page. He was diagnosed with End Stage C. O. P. D. (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which causes difficulty breathing and increasingly severe lung problems. Ayers is in need of therapy, surgery, and is looking to receive a transplant.
Other than Frieza, Ayers lent his voice to numerous anime and video game works, such as Dark Water, Speed Grapher, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2. There are a few more details about his situation over at the YouCaring page, which asks for donations to support his treatment.
The SRK staff hopes for Ayers’ swift recovery.