Paul Haddad, The Very First Leon Kennedy, Has Passed Away


Paul Haddad, the voice actor who introduced Leon Kennedy to life in 1998’s Resident Evil 2, has died. The actor, aged 56, had lately posted a GoFundMe for a neurosurgery process, and is known to have been in poor health for a while.

Haddad, a resident of Toronto, Canada, and an everyday stage performer, had solely credit on two different games–Hype: The Time Quest (1999) and retro throwback Daymare: 1998 (2019). The information of his passing got here through the Twitter account of Invader Studios, the developer of Daymare.

In a manner, this makes his efficiency as Leon Kennedy all of the extra significant–he performed a lead position in probably the most essential horror video games ever made regardless of his relative obscurity, and his voice has been heard by thousands and thousands of gamers.

Haddad by no means performed Kennedy once more after this primary look. In later video games he was voiced by Paul Mercer, Christian Lanz, Matthew Mercer, and finally Nick Apostolides within the Resident Evil 2 Remake. In truth, Resident Evil 2 had a complete new solid as a result of SAG strike in impact throughout the recreation’s growth.

Apostolides paid tribute to Haddad on Twitter, calling him a “kind soul” and saying that he’ll “always be our Leon”.

Our ideas are with Hadad’s family and friends.