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.
Paul Haddad, our pricey pal and an icon among the many RE neighborhood, has handed away lately. We’ve been really honored to have the possibility to satisfy and work with such an important man and an excellent skilled that He was.
Rest in Peace Paul… You will reside ceaselessly in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/o6gkMqX7SI
— Invader Studios™ (@InvaderDevs) April 17, 2020
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”.
Such a form soul……he’ll at all times be our Leon
— Nick Apostolides (@Nik_apostolides) April 17, 2020
Our ideas are with Hadad’s family and friends.