Armstrong's voice was, in fact, so powerful that James Earl Jones once said, “I wish I had your vocal control.” He passed away due to natural causes.
The entire Dragon Ball Z community is mourning after the news of Brice Armstrong's death was announced by the talent management group Mary Collins Agency, reported Daily Mail. The agency also mentioned that the actor passed away at the age of 84 on January 10 due to natural causes. Armstrong was best known as the narrator on the original Dragon Ball animated series. The agency post read, "Although many of you might not know Brice’s work, as he retired in 2009, many more of you knew Brice as an exceedingly talented voice actor, and a very sweet, funny guy."
Even though Armstrong was most popularly known as the narrator of the Dragon Ball series, he also lent his voice to several other characters of the series like Captain Ginyu and Lord Slug to name a few. Armstrong's voice, in fact, was so powerful that James Earl Jones once said, “I wish I had your vocal control.” Born in Dallas, Texas, Armstrong began his career with radio, where he eventually worked for a number of radio stations and ultimately, due to his success, was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.
His career as a voiceover actor begun in the late 70s and early 80s and the rest is history. While there is no doubt that Armstrong was an extremely gifted voice artist, but he was always camera shy and only allowed his photographs to be taken from the posterior side or usually when he is standing in front of a mic. Armstrong was also popular among the Hollywood crowd, especially for his impressions of Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Ed Wynn, Bela Lugosi, and Johnny Cash. His status as a narrator was cemented when he started narrating the original Dragon Ball TV series, which ran from 1986 to 1989.
His other notable works other than the Dragon Ball series include Fullmetal Alchemist, Baki the Grappler, Blue Gender, Barney & Friends, Detective Conan and Dragon Ball GT. Armstrong retired in 2009 after providing his voice finally for several Dragon Ball Z video games. Christopher Sabat, a Mary Collins Agency voice actor and founder of Okratron 5000 was noted saying, "Brice was the kindest, funniest person I’ve ever known. He was always humble, never in a bad mood–not the attitude you’d expect from such an industry legend."
Armstrong is survived by his six children and nine grandchildren. We offer our thoughts and prayers to Brice Armstrong's family. RIP.