Speed Racer has been silenced.

Peter Fernandez, who voiced the iconic character in the American import of the 1960s Japanese cartoon and who also wrote the lyrics to the indelible theme song, has died.

He succumbed to lung cancer at 83, according to the Anime News Network.

Aside from Speed, Fernandez also voiced Racer X and miscellaneous minor characters on the high-octane toon. He also lent his pipes to key parts in the English-language versions of Astro Boy, Ultraman, Gigantor and Star Blazers. The Wachowski brothers even gave him a cameo in their 2008 live-action remake.

Rest in peace.


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