Pokemon voice actor Billy Kametz dies at age 35 after revealing his stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis

Pokemon voice actor Billy Kametz dies at age 35 two months after revealing his stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis

  • Billy Kametz passed away on Thursday less than two months after revealing his stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis to the world on YouTube
  • Previously, he told fans he was ‘doing OK’ and starting chemotherapy treatments and radiation
  • His friend announced the news on his GoFundMe page, which was set up in April
  • In April, the actor called his diagnosis a ‘freak of nature thing that happened’ and said he was ‘staying really positive’
  • He was survived by his sister, Nikki Kametz Lees, uncle, Peter Sartori, uncle Tom Kametz, aunt Barbara Trimble and girlfriend, Erica Lindbeck
  • His credits include Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Galo in Promare, Rui in Demon Slayer and White Blood Cell in Cells at Work

Billy Kametz passed away on Thursday less than two months after revealing to the world that he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.

News of the 35-year-old voice actor’s death was revealed on his GoFundMe page, which was set up in April after he informed fans he was ‘doing OK’ and was starting chemotherapy treatments and radiation on his spine.

‘Anyone who has met Billy Kametz will tell you he is one of the warmest, kindest, most-sincere human beings on this earth,’ the page said. ‘Quick to laugh with his infectious smile from him, he brings joy to everyone around him — whether that is a room full of friends and family, fans at conventions … or the nurses and doctors who attended to him in the hospital.’

Gone too: Billy Kametz passed away on Thursday less than two months after revealing to the world on social media he was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer; seen in 2018

The update continued: ‘Most importantly, I hope you know how appreciated you all were and how much strength you provided. Billy and I would regularly share thoughts of disbelief and joy at the outpouring of generosity you all gave him. ‘

The close friend to the star went on to inform his followers that Kametz ‘left this world peacefully, knowing how loved he is and always will be.’

‘I miss my friend terribly. But it comforts me that his legacy from him will continue with his work from him and all of the fans who are even now discovering what an extraordinary man he was, ‘they concluded.

Just months ago: News of the 35-year-old voice actor was revealed on his GoFundMe page, which was set up in April after he informed fans he was 'doing OK' and was starting chemotherapy treatments and radiation on his spine

Just months ago: News of the 35-year-old voice actor was revealed on his GoFundMe page, which was set up in April after he informed fans he was ‘doing OK’ and was starting chemotherapy treatments and radiation on his spine

'Anyone who has met Billy Kametz will tell you he is one of the warmest, kindest, most-sincere human beings on this earth,' the page said.  'Quick to laugh with his infectious smile from him, he brings joy to everyone around him — whether that is a room full of friends and family, fans at conventions ... or the nurses and doctors who attended to him in the hospital'

‘Anyone who has met Billy Kametz will tell you he is one of the warmest, kindest, most-sincere human beings on this earth,’ the page said. ‘Quick to laugh with his infectious smile from him, he brings joy to everyone around him — whether that is a room full of friends and family, fans at conventions … or the nurses and doctors who attended to him in the hospital’

In a YouTube video detailing his health battle, the performer, best known for voicing Ren in Pokémon Journeys, Kametz explained he was trying to remain optimistic through it all.

Still, the actor called his diagnosis a ‘freak of nature thing that happened.’

‘I’m staying really positive, and that’s the biggest reason that I wanted to make this video,’ he told his fans.

Kametz continued: ‘It’s just to let you know that I have so much support, so much positivity surrounding me… I just want to let you guys know that I’m not going to quit, I’m not going to stop fighting, and I’m gonna get through this.’

Devastating: The close friend to the star went on to inform his followers that Kametz 'left this world peacefully, knowing how loved he is and always will be'

Devastating: The close friend to the star went on to inform his followers that Kametz ‘left this world peacefully, knowing how loved he is and always will be’

He was survived by his sister, Nikki Kametz Lees, brother-in-law Greg, nephews, Cash and Jaxon; Uncle, Peter Sartori, Uncle Tom Kametz, Aunt Barbara Trimble and girlfriend, Erica Lindbeck.

He got his first break with Disney as part of the entertainment staff on the Disney cruise line, then landed the role of Aladdin in Disneyland’s Musical Spectacular.

He went on to voice Josuke in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Galo in Promare, Rui in Demon Slayer, White Blood Cell in Cells at Work, Osomatsu in Mr. Osomatsu and Dr. Maruki in Persona 5 Royal.

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