Billy Kametz, Pokemon voice actor and Disney alum, died Thursday, June 9, 2022 after battling colon cancer. He was 35 years old.
Kametz was best known for voicing the character of Ren in the television series pokemon, in addition to lending his voice to other anime fantasy series roles, including Josuke Higashikata in JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureNaofumi Iwatani in The Rise of the Shield HeroGallo Thymos in Promare and Ferdinand in the “Fire Emblem” video games.
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“Billy lived his dream as a fan of Japanese animation and video games who grew up playing beloved roles that will forever be his legacy,” his agent A. Jinnie McManus shared with PennLive. “Even at the worst of his illness, he remained optimistic and determined,” she added.
The 35-year-old began his career with the Disney cruise line entertainment team and moved to California shortly after being offered the role of Aladdin in Disneyland’s Musical Spectacular.
In April, he announced via Instagram Video that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, which had spread to his liver, lungs and spine. At the time, he revealed he had undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy, noting he had “so much positivity” around him and so many people giving him strength.
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“I’m not going to quit,” the voice actor told his followers. “I’m not going to stop fighting and I’m going to get through this.”
Kametz’s obituary remembers him as a kind and cheerful spirit, who cared deeply for his family and friends and was grateful for the opportunity to do what he loved in his career.
“Anyone who has met Billy will tell you that he is one of the most sincere, humble and loving people they have ever met. His infectious personality and smile always lit up a room with such joy and happiness. “, we read in part. “Billy has always left a positive impression on everyone he came in contact with. His love for his family, friends and girlfriend has always been most important to him and that love will continue forever.
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“Billy was so grateful and overwhelmed by the overwhelming outpouring of support and love he received during his battle with colon cancer,” the obituary continues. “He wanted everyone to know how much it was appreciated and thanked everyone, especially his fans who he loved so much.”
“His love for his work as an actor and his unforgettable voice will continue to entertain fans and will always be remembered,” the tribute read.
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