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Tragic news out of Mexico: one of the country’s most successful voice actors and dubbing artists, Luis Alfonso Mendoza, was murdered in the Mexico City neighborhood of Portales Norte on Saturday afternoon. He was 55 years old.

Mendoza was the Spanish voice of Gohan on Dragon Ball, a role he’d held since 1996, as well as Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. (It should be noted that he did the Latin America Spanish dubs, and that there are also European Spanish dubs for these same characters.)

According to media reports (in Spanish), Mendoza was killed during a dispute with a tenant who was renting studio space from him. The assailant also murdered Mendoza’s wife, Lourdes Adame, and brother-in-law. The attacker, who subsequently shot himself in the head in a suicide attempt, is alive, in “serious condition.”

Castmates on Dragon Ball have posted condolences on Twitter:

Among Mendoza’s numerous Spanish-language roles, he voiced the title character in Count Duckula, Leonardo on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Edward Platypus on Camp Lazlo.

He also provided Spanish dubbing for live-action films and tv series, including high-profile roles like Daniel LaRusso in The Karate Kid movies, Carlton Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Joey Tribbiani on Friends, and Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory.

In addition to performing, Mendoza and his family operated Artspot, a well respected training school that taught dubbing, voice-over, and radio production for the last 24 years. According to a former student, Daniel Correa, Artspot had helped train multiple generations of voice-over performers in Mexico, and the deaths of the school founders is a major loss for young performers who are entering the industry:

Some of Mendoza’s vocal performances can be heard below:


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