Voice actor Billy Kametz dies of colon cancer at 35

Billy Kametz, a voice actor beloved by many anime fans and video gamers, has died of colon cancer at just 35 years of age.

The tragic news of his Thursday death was shared on his GoFundMe page, Today reported.

Colon cancer

The fundraiser organizer, A. Jinnie McManus, called Kametz “one of the warmest, kindest, most-sincere human beings on this earth.”

“Know that he left this world peacefully, knowing how loved he is and always will be,” McManus said.

Kametz, of Middletown, Pennsylvania, was best known for portraying Josuke Higashikata in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Ren in Pokémon Journeys, and Shigeru Aoba in Neon Genesis Evangelion, among other roles.

He won the best English voice actor award at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards for voicing Naofumi Iwatani in The Rising of the Shield Hero.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania native dreamed of being an actor since he was a child, his obituary said. He got his big break working on the entertainment staff for the Disney Cruise Line and later played Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular.

Fondly remembered

In April, Kametz announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the third most common and third deadliest form of cancer in the U.S. Symptoms include unexpected weight loss, rectal bleeding, weakness, and abdominal pain. Medical professionals say the disease is becoming more common in young people.

Fans of Kametz are paying tribute, with one writing, “I had the pleasure of meeting Billy at Katsucon this year. He is one of my favorite voice actors and I will forever cherish the happiness and light he brought into this world.”

His obituary recalled an “infectious personality” that “left a positive impression on anyone he came in contact with.”

“His love for his family, friends and girlfriend was always most important to him and that love will carry on forever,” the obituary said.

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