Ana Lucia Menezes, a renowned Brazilian voice actress and voice director, passed away on April 20, 2021, at the age of 46. She was known for dubbing many popular characters in anime, cartoons, movies, and TV shows, such as Toph Beifong in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Misa Amane in Death Note, Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Amy Rose in Sonic X. She also voiced Sam Puckett in iCarly and Sam & Cat, Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, and Maite Perroni in various telenovelas.
What caused Ana Lucia Menezes’ death?
According to Notícias da TV, Menezes died from a stroke in Rio de Janeiro. The stroke was caused by cerebral thrombosis, which is a blood clot in the brain that blocks the flow of oxygen and nutrients. The doctors suspect that the thrombosis may have been caused by a reinfection of COVID-19 that she had at the end of 2020.
Menezes’ daughter, Bia, who is also a voice actress, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram. She posted a photo of her mother with a caption that read: “Mommy left today. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to feel. I don’t know anything. Mommy will always be with me. Mommy is my life. Mommy is now an angel. My mommy is now resting.”
How did the fans and colleagues react to Ana Lucia Menezes’ death?
Menezes’ death shocked and saddened many fans and colleagues who admired her work and talent. Many of them took to social media to express their condolences and pay tribute to her legacy.
One of them was Guilherme Briggs, a famous Brazilian voice actor who worked with Menezes on several projects. He wrote on Twitter: “I am very sad about the death of my friend Ana Lucia Menezes, one of the most talented voice actresses I have ever met. She was always cheerful, kind, and professional. She left us too soon. My heart goes out to her family and friends.”
Another one was Wendel Bezerra, another well-known Brazilian voice actor who voiced Goku in Dragon Ball Z and SpongeBob SquarePants. He posted a video on YouTube where he praised Menezes’ versatility and skill as a voice actress. He said: “She was able to do everything: from children to teenagers, from adults to elders, from comedy to drama, from animation to live-action. She was a complete artist who gave life and emotion to many characters that we love.”
What were some of Ana Lucia Menezes’ achievements and awards?
Menezes had a long and successful career as a voice actress and voice director. She started dubbing when she was 12 years old and worked on hundreds of projects throughout her life. Some of her notable dubbing roles included:
- Toph Beifong in Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Misa Amane in Death Note
- Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Amy Rose in Sonic X and Sonic Boom
- Sam Puckett in iCarly and Sam & Cat
- Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
- Maite Perroni in Rebelde, RBD: La familia, Cuidado con el ángel, Mi pecado, The Stray Cat, and Triunfo del amor
- Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
- Po in Teletubbies
- Koto in Yu Yu Hakusho
- Chihiro Ogino in Spirited Away
- Bridgette in Total Drama and Total DramaRama
Menezes also practiced taekwondo and competed in tournaments at the International Taekwon-Do Federation. She won a bronze medal in the 1997 World Cup.
Menezes was nominated three times for the Yamato Award, which is a prestigious award for voice actors in Brazil. She won the award for best voice over in anime for her role as Misa Amane in Death Note in 2010. She was also nominated for best actress for her role as Chihiro Ogino in Spirited Away in 2004 and best supporting actress for her role as Koto in Yu Yu Hakusho in 2005.
Ana Lucia Menezes was a talented and beloved voice actress who left a mark on many fans and colleagues with her voice and personality. She died from a stroke caused by cerebral thrombosis, possibly related to COVID-19. She was 46 years old and is survived by her daughter Bia. She will be remembered for her many roles in anime, cartoons, movies, and TV shows, as well as for her achievements and awards. She was a voice of many generations and a star of many worlds.