Brendan O’Brien death: How did the voice actor of Crash Bandicoot die? cause of death and obituary


Brendan O'Brien cause of death

Brendan O’Brien (the original voice for Crash Bandicoot) has sadly passed away.

The world lost a great legend: Brendan O’Brien, the Original Voice of Crash Bandicoot, Passed Away. The voice actor played various characters from the franchise in the Naughty Dog era. Read ahead to know more about Brendan O’Brien cause of death.

What happened to Brendan O’Brien?

Once again the video game industry is in mourning. We just heard that Brendan “Woah” O’Brien, the true and only voice of Crash Bandicoot, passed away two months ago.

News broke this weekend of the passing of Brendan O’Brien, a voice actor who is best known for voicing Crash Bandicoot and other characters in the franchise created by Naughty Dog.

Brendan O’Brien’s obituary indicates that he passed away on March 23, 2023; However, the news of his death barely spread on social networks with various tributes made by fans. The voice actor was 61 years old at the time of his death.

“He laid down his guitar on March 23, 2023. Silence leaves behind deep memories of a life well lived. She touched strangers, friends, and family with her love of life, her humor, and his positive attitude. There are no words to express how much he is missed. We love you, Brendan,” says the obituary.

Brendan O’Brien cause of death

The passing of Brendan O’Brien, one of the original voice actors for the Crash Bandicoot games, has shocked longtime fans, who are currently in grief.

Although he mainly worked in movies and TV shows and both of his parents were performers, O’Brien was perhaps best recognized for providing the voice for the video game Crash Bandicoot.

Though he was never able to speak in complete sentences, he was the source of all of Crash’s yells and cries, including the now-famous “woah!” that many fans still treasure.

In fact, O’Brien passed away on March 23 at the age of 60, but fans didn’t learn of his passing until after someone found and shared his obituary.

Neither any online reports nor his family members didn’t reveal any cause of death for the actor. Once got enough information on Brendan O’Brien cause of death from official sources, we will update this page.

Who was Brendan O’Brien: Quick Biography

On May 9, 1962, Brendan James O’Brien was born in Hollywood, California. He reflected on both of his parents’ talents while forging his path.

He was the son of performers Edmond O’Brien and Olga San Juan. Brendan attended St. Martin de Tours in Brentwood, California before transferring to Loyola High School in East Los Angeles.

He was appreciative of his Jesuit schooling and frequently said that it was more difficult than his time at Loyola Marymount. His knowledge of religion (comparative studies), science, the arts, nature, theatre, and music was formed by his experience at Loyola High School.

Since the day he was able to hold a guitar, Brendan’s musical abilities have been apparent and nurtured. He participated in every high school event in the Southland as a teen.

After graduating, he would play alongside renowned musicians. Brendan had a mental inventory of songs; if he didn’t know one, he would research it and perform it for you at your subsequent visit. His life revolved around music, humor, and a never-ending supply of knowledge.


He made his acting debut at the age of 10 when “The Streets of San Francisco” director Bernard L. Kowalski cast him alongside his father in a scene.

His own profession would be shaped by this chance and by spending time with his parents when traveling. Creating the original voices for the “Crash Bandicoot” video games between 1996 and 2004 was one of his proudest achievements.

He supported the Crash fans in their endeavors and enjoyed autographing their artifacts. He naturally gravitated towards creating character voices for television, radio, and video games.

Brendan O’Brien’s Obituary

Brendan O'Brien

Saying goodbye is often difficult, and it can be hard to find the words to express how you feel about a loved one who has passed. We are sorry to announce the demise news of a talented Voice actor and good soul here.  

Brendan O’Brien was such a Sweet, very professional, and gifted artist who will be fondly remembered by so many. He took his final breath on  March 23, 2023; at the age of 61. 

Deep memories of an excellent life are left behind by the silence. With his zest for living, sense of humor, and upbeat attitude, he made a lasting impression on friends, family, and strangers. He is sorely missed, words cannot describe. Brendan, we cherish you. MEDICO TOPICS extends its condolences to O’Brien’s friends and family.

Following Brendan’s passing, condolences flooded online:

Joe Pearson Friend of Brendan penned,

Ingrid, Lisa, and I are deeply sorry to hear about the passing of Brendan. He was a good man and a talented artist in all forms of media. We treasured our friendship with him back in the day and will keep his memory alive in our hearts. Love and peace, Joe and Lisa Pearson. 

Janey Poodle posted,

Devastated to hear about the passing of Brendan O’Brien. Crash 1 was the first game I ever played. His scream on the title screen and the “WOAH!” is forever burned into my brain. The opening cutscene where he did all the voices was amazing to me as a little kid. Rest in Peace.

SonicRanticoot said,

Legend RIP it needs to be mentioned he voiced a lot of characters in the ND era [besides Crash] – Cortex in Crash 1, Pinstripe in CTR, and Tiny, N. Ginand N. Brio in all of their appearances in the trilogy.

Jaccblacc203 said,

He’s the guy who did the iconic “Woah!” Sound. He was also Dr. N. Brio, N. Gin, Tiny Tiger, Pinstripe Potoroo, The Komodo Brothers, and Dr. Neo Cortex in Crash 1. Rest in Piece, Brendan. Thank you for bringing joy to our childhood.

CanonballKeith posted,

Man, this hurts on such a deep level. I’m guttered to hear this news. Just like Mel, I wish he had the chance to return to the series (given that he was very keen to reprise his roles). He will always be my favorite N.Gin, Brio, Tiny, and Crash. Thanks for being a key part of my childhood. R.I.P Brendan 💔

Please leave a tribute or share your memories with Brendan O’Brien in the comment field below to honor his death. 


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