Actress Christine Cavanaugh passed away on December 22 at the age of 51. Cavanaugh was an unforgettable voice of Nineties-era cartoon characters, bringing to life Dexter on Dexter’s Laboratory, Chuckie on Rugrats, Gosalyn Mallard in Darkwing Duck, and the titular character in the 1995 feature Babe, just to name a few of her more famous roles.
Cavanaugh abruptly retired from voice acting in 2001 at the age of 38, and was not heard from again until the announcement of her death today. No location or cause of death were announced by her family.
The death announcement published today doesn’t offer closure to Cavanaugh’s many fans who were saddened by her abrupt departure from the animation world. The notice contains numerous cryptic and un-obituary-like comments that only deepen the intrigue about her final years, alluding to the “unpleasantness of reality,” “intelligence to…accept what fate had allowed,” and the “evolution in her life”: