Paul Haddad, the voice actor who brought Leon Kennedy to life in 1998’s Resident Evil 2, has died. The actor, aged 56, had recently posted a GoFundMe for a neurosurgery procedure, and is understood to have been ill for some time.
Haddad, a resident of Toronto, Canada, and a regular stage performer, had only credits on two other games–Hype: The Time Quest (1999) and retro throwback Daymare: 1998 (2019). The news of his passing came via the Twitter account of Invader Studios, the developer of Daymare.
Paul Haddad, our dear friend and an icon among the RE community, has passed away recently. We’ve been truly honored to have the chance to meet and work with such a great man and a brilliant professional that He was.
Rest in Peace Paul… You will live forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/o6gkMqX7SI
— Invader Studios™ (@InvaderDevs) April 17, 2020
In a way, this makes his performance as Leon Kennedy all the more significant–he played a lead role in one of the most important horror games ever made despite his relative obscurity, and his voice has been heard by millions of players.