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 Ben Fruzzetti

Gamer, writer and devourer of pasta. Whenever not letting his daydreams run out of control, he can be found writing for Nintendo Wire, playing old JRPGs, or reading sci-fi and fantasy novels and comics.

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