Incredibly gifted voice-over artist, Brad Venable, sadly passed away this past week. Venable was known for his work in anime dubs and video games.
The tragic news was broken on social media January 8, confirmed by Venable’s wife. Although it does appear that he passed away on the night of January 7. Ever since the news, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in from many of his friends, colleagues within the industry, and shocked fans. His death came as an obvious surprise to many. At the moment of publishing, a cause of death has not been revealed.
Venable started his prolific voice-acting career back in 2004 with World of Warcraft. Ever since then his talent has been showcased in popular anime, TV series, and video game franchises. Works which you may have recognized Venable from including Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Shenmue III, as well as TV series such as Attack on Titan, Hero Mask, and Aggretsuko. However, I personally will remember him most for his roles as Griffon in Devil May Cry 5, Kostas and Nader in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and several Fire Emblem Heroes characters.
Speaking on Twitter, voice artist Terry Daniel remembered Venable as “One of the nicest and most giving talents in the voice over business. [Brad] was a sweetheart of a man and would help you with anything you needed. Ridiculously talented and a real treasure.”
You saw the best in all of us and brought it out. You treated me like family, and called me your little brother. You motivated & inspired us. Our bond & friendship these past few years is something I will treasure forever. I love you @bradvenable I miss you brother ❤️ pic.twitter.com/URPRVRgPro
— Brian Olvera @ Home Studio (@LiveStudioBrian) January 8, 2021
Cristina Vee also paid tribute to Venable, recalling that he “always had a smile and a kind word to say” and noting that he was “a foundation in our community and he left too soon.” Many other special messages were shared about the voice actor and it is nothing short of a devastating loss to all those who knew him. We here at The Nerd Stash offer our sincere condolences to Brad Venable’s family and friends. May his legacy live on in his amazing works of art.