A voice that entertained many horror gamers has been silenced.
Paul Haddad, the voice of the original Leon Kennedy from Resident Evil 2, has passed away, according to the Twitter account of Invader Studios. Haddad was 56 years old.
Paul Haddad, our dear friend and an icon among the RE community, has passed away recently. We've been truly honored to have the chance to meet and work with such a great man and a brilliant professional that He was.
Rest in Peace Paul… You will live forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/o6gkMqX7SI
— Invader Studios™ (@InvaderDevs) April 17, 2020
No specific cause of death was revealed, but it was reported he had been battling throat cancer.
Haddad, who also worked on various television projects, will always be best remembered for his work as Kennedy on Resident Evil 2, even though he did not voice the popular character in Resident Evil 2: Remake.
Invader Studios reportedly was working with the actor on an undisclosed project at the time of his passing.
The studio’s Twitter account spoke glowingly and lovingly of the voice actor. “Paul Haddad, our dear friend, and an icon in the Resident Evil community, ” the account read, “has passed away.
We’ve been truly honored to have had the chance to meet and work with a such a great man and a brilliant professional that he was.
“Rest in peace, Paul. You will live forever in our hearts,” the account added.
As noted, Haddad also worked outside the gaming industry, carving out another career in television. He appeared in the 1980’s drama Night Hunt, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and X-Men: The Animated Series, for which he voiced the character of Pietro Maximoff, the lightning-fast mutant known as Quicksilver.
In a related story, the gaming industry also was rocked by the passing of Rick May, who reportedly succumbed to Covid-19, contracted while he was in a nursing home, recuperating from a stroke suffered earlier this year.
We at Horror News Network, who enjoyed the talents of Haddad and May through the years, are saddened by their passing. Our condolences go out to their families.