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Acting teacher and video game voice actor Rick May best known to gamers for his portraying of Soldier in Team Fortress 2 and Peppy Hare in Nintendo’s Star Fox games has died at the age of 79 after contracting COVID-19.
The Rekindle School, an art school May has been teaching in announced the tragic news and highlighted his theoretical acting career. May had been in a nursing home after suffering a stroke earlier this year, where he contracted the virus.
He was moved to Seattle’s Swedish hospital for treatment but died as a result of the disease.
May’s voice for Soldier in Team Fortress 2 will forever be remembered by the community, he helped shape Soldier’s personality, bringing a level of charm and seriousness to the character.
“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,” John Patrick Lowrie, the voice actor of the Team Fortress 2 Sniper, wrote in a eulogy on Facebook.
“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.”