It’s a sad time for fans of the mid-’90s CGI Donkey Kong Country cartoon, as Aron Tager — the voice of Cranky Kong on the show — passed away on February 28th at the age of 84.

While the DKC show is filled with some oddities, Tager’s Cranky provided one of the highlights, providing an iconic performance and just the right amount of grouchiness for the bitter old Kong. He lived a fulfilled life, being both an accomplished artist and actor in many roles throughout his career. Our hearts go out to Mr. Tager, and wish him peaceful rest.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.