Over a decade after her retirement in 2001, 51-year-old voice actress Christine Cavanaugh has died.
Her actual death was on December 22nd, but the news was just announced today. The cause of her death is not known, but according to USA Today, she was suffering from leukemia.
While she has no children to leave behind, she was a godmother to one of her close friend's children (according to TMZ).
Cavanaugh was famous for her distinct voice that made her recognizable on any project she worked on. Her first voice acting role was the title character in the English dub of the obscure 1988 Polish-Swedish animated film, David and the Magic Pearl (seen above). She went on to have an absolutely legendary career in the '90s, lending her voice to some of our most beloved cartoon characters.
These characters included Chuckie Finster on Rugrats, Dexter on Dexter's Laboratory, Oblina on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Bunnie Rabbot on Sonic the Hedgehog (SATAM). and Gosalyn on Darkwing Duck.
She was perhaps most famous for portraying the title character in the movie Babe. The movie was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
After her retirement in 2001, not much was heard from her, and she lived the rest of her life out of the public eye. Her death comes as a saddening shock to '90s kids who grew up watching the cartoons she performed on.
After a career of incredible performances and memorable roles, Cavanaugh, while gone, will certainly not be forgotten. Rest in peace Ms. Cavanaugh, the animation fandom will always remember you.
Update: Rugrats co-star E.G. Daily, who played Tommy Pickles, tweeted this moments ago:
Update 2: Voice actress Tara Strong, who played Dil on Rugrats, recently tweeted:
Update 3: Voice actress Grey DeLisle tweeted:
Voice actor Bill Farmer tweets: