Star Fox 64 Actor Rick May Has Passed Away From Coronavirus

Prolific video games actor, Rick May, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. May, who was 79 years old, lent his talents to some of the biggest games in the industry, including. the likes of Team Fortress 2 and Star Fox 64.

As reported by Rekindle School, where the actor also served as a teacher, May suffered from a stroke last February before contracting coronavirus.

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In Team Fortress 2, May was the voice of The Solider, while in the iconic Star Fox 64, May took the role of Peppy Hare, as well as the villain, Andross. His other credits include Age of Empires 2, in which he was both the narrator and the character of Genghis Khan.

Rekindle School, an educational site which supports art, acting and film studies, is encouraging fans of May to send their messages of support to the school, to be passed on to his family.

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In an emotional tribute on Facebook, fellow voice actor John Patrick Lowrie, who worked with May on Team Fortress 2 as The Sniper, expressed his sadness at the loss.

“I met him over thirty years ago and while we weren’t the socializing type of pals we always enjoyed running into each other at a gig or audition. Every recording session with him was always laugh-filled. Yet when the lights went down or the engineer said, ‘rolling’ he was the consummate professional. He worked hard to get it right and we could always depend on him to deliver,” said Lowrie.

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“I knew the man who along with Frank Buxton and David Selvig stood and applauded my daughter Andee when I introduced her to the audience at the Kirkland Performance Center for what would be her first appearance as a professional actor. I knew the man who was always encouraging when I had my bout with cancer. I knew the man whose passing leaves a huge hole in my heart and I believe so many others.

“Rick May was a force of nature, a pain in the ass sometimes but never to the point where I would not use him again and again. We were working friends, colleagues and buddies. Hopefully there will be those who will speak of his years in the theater, as a teacher, a director and voice talent, of his one-man show as Teddy Roosevelt.”

Rest in peace, Rick May.

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