News of Ayres‘ passing was shared by his girlfriend, Krystal LaPorte, on social media.
“On October 18th at 8:40pm, my world went dark,” wrote LaPorte.
“Christopher Owen Ayres passed away peacefully, held close by his mother, brother, and girlfriend, and his arm wrapped around his Atticus pillow. He was able to pet the real thing hours beforehand.”
— Krystal LaPorte (@WowSuchKrystal) October 19, 2021
“Chris, I miss your face. I miss your voice. I miss your hugs and I cannot even begin to comprehend that I will never walk in a doorway again and hear, “Hey, beautiful girl.” I miss being your girl. I miss you,” she added.
“I was always one half of Krystal and Chris. I don’t want to be Krystal, but I will do my damndest to try and see what you saw in me, and try to be what the world saw in you.”
RIP Chris Ayres
Frieza Forever pic.twitter.com/BMh1kaxa0b
— adult swim (@adultswim) October 20, 2021
Fellow Dragon Ball voice actor Christopher Sabat paid tribute to Ayres, calling him “unmatched in his craft”. Vic Mignogna also offered his condolences and praised Ayres “amazing spirit & determination”.
The anime industry lost a living angel today. It’s impossible to describe how pure Chris Ayres was, and his dedication to his craft was unmatched. Knowing Chris, he’s still at the gates of Other World, explaining something clever to the maître d’. #RIP, Frieza. ? pic.twitter.com/rN7bjBLlGT
— Christopher Sabat (@JustChrisSabat) October 20, 2021
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of friend, Chris Ayres. Went to visit him in the hospital when I was in Houston for Matsuri in July & was reminded of his amazing spirit & determination. Much love & prayers to his family & friends. We’ll see you again in glory, dear Chris❤️
— vic mignogna (@vicmignogna) October 20, 2021
Anime studio Crunchyroll also paid homage.
Rest in Peace, Chris Ayres. Your impactful legacy in the anime community will always remain, but your presence will be greatly missed.
We share our condolences with his friends and family.
— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) October 20, 2021
“Thank you for all that you’ve done for so many fans. We’ll miss you dearly,” wrote Funimation.
Rest In Peace, Christopher Ayres. Thank you for all that you've done for so many fans.
We’ll miss you dearly. ? pic.twitter.com/9ksLmwevRm
— Funimation (@Funimation) October 20, 2021
Rest in Peace, Chris.
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