Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

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Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby ZeroWolf » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:56 am

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A sad day my fellow Seibertronians. Word has reached our ears of the death of a talented actor, Kirby Morrow (August 28, 1973 - November 18, 2020), he was 47. Transformers fans will remember him as the voice of Rad White in both Armada/ Energon and as Hot Shot in the Transformers Cybertron cartoon. His work outside of the Transformers franchise us varied and he has lent his voice to franchises such as Dragonball Z and Mobile Suit Gundam. Live action wise he was most known for his work on Stargate Atlantis as Captain Dave Kleinman, weapons officer on the U.S.S Daedalus. He was still active until the very end. He was also a regular on the convention circuit.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in their time of need.

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Rest in peace, Kirby.

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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Evil Eye » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:35 am

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:( That sucks, hardcore. As someone that grew up with the UT series (particularly Armada) this is a real blow. 47 is so young, too. Rest in peace.
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:17 am

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Rad from Armada and Energon
Hot Shot from Cybertron

Trowa Barton from Gundam Wing
Van Fanel from Escaflowne (its first English dub)
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Cyclops/Scott Summers from X-Men: Evolution
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And so much more.



2020 has now claimed not one but two Cartoon Cyclops voice actors. :(
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby bluecatcinema » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:09 pm

It's a real tragedy. He was great as Hot Shot in Cybertron.
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Master Farr 1 » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:30 pm

see you in the other dimension
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby 84everfan » Fri Nov 20, 2020 5:46 pm

He was Cole in Ninjago, the longest running series on Cartoon Network, which is worth mentioning.
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Emerje » Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:42 pm

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Read about this just before going to bed last night (technically this morning). Really sad news, he still had a long life ahead of him.

Sabrblade wrote:Miroku from InuYasha

This one especially hurts because he was just cast in the sequel, Yashahime, earlier this month and reprised the role for the fist dubbed episode which streamed recently (it's unknown if Miroku will appear in later episodes since most of the episode was a flashback).

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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Nexus Knight » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:18 pm

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I hadn't realized that he was in SG:A, at least didn't make the connection between that show and the Unicorn Trilogy. Tis a shame, best wishes to his family for this unexpected and disheartening loss.
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Evil Eye » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:07 am

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Damn, had no idea he was Van in Escaflowne. I never watched the dub, but that was a fantastic series and from what I've heard the dub aged surprisingly well.

Goddamn this year is getting worse and worse.
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Postby Blastback » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:16 pm

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Damn. He was a damn good voice actor. And only 47...
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby King Kuuga » Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:52 am

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I've been rewatching Inuyasha this year in preparation for Yashahime. I didn't quite make it through before the sequel began. I'm getting to the portion of Inuyasha that I didn't see when I was younger, so hearing his excellent performance as Miroku is going to be so much more bittersweet as I press onwards. 2020 has taken a sad turn indeed.
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby Sabrblade » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:01 pm

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An update on this news:

The original article did not give the cause of death, but which has since been confirmed to be "a long history of substance abuse."

:(
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Re: Kirby Morrow Obituary - Voice of Transformers Armada/Energon Rad and Cybertron Hot Shot

Postby King Kuuga » Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:39 am

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Sabrblade wrote:An update on this news:

The original article did not give the cause of death, but which has since been confirmed to be "a long history of substance abuse."

:(

I suspected it was something bad since undisclosed causes of death are rarely natural, although my mind went to suicide. That's very unfortunate.
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