Save 35% on a Rock Paper Shotgun yearly subscription this Black Friday!

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Team Fortress 2's Soldier voice actor has passed away with coronavirus

"You were good son, real good; maybe even the best."

Rick May, the voice of Team Fortress 2’s Soldier, has died after contracting Covid-19 virus. He was 79. He voiced several game characters in his career, notably Peppy Hare in the Starfox games, but he was best known as the growly, rocket-toting military man in Valve’s online shooter.

His passing was reported by Rekindle School, an arts college in Seattle where he was teaching until February before suffering from a stroke. He's thought to have contracted the Covid-19 virus while he was rehabilitating in a nursing home. He was moved to a hospital, but ultimately passed away.

I played so much Team Fortress 2 that his voice was a nightly companion for much of my life. Some of my fondest thoughts of TF2 are soundtrack by his wonderfully silly takes on the Soldier’s military barks. No-one could drop a “maggot” like the Soldier could. He made that word his own. The "Meet The... Soldier" video is an extended joke that's beautifully told and serves as a fitting tribute to his work.

I’m not the only one taken aback by this. There have been numerous tributes to the man on Twitter and Steam, but my favourite was via a Reddit video of a server performing a military send-off. There can't be many people out there where such a tribute would be appropriate, but this is perfect.

GOD SPEED YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD from r/tf2

He will be missed.

About the Author

Craig Pearson avatar

Craig Pearson

Contributor

I love square sausage, cats, and climbing pretend rocks.

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Subscribe and get access to supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

More News

Latest Articles

Rock Paper Shotgun logo

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch