How did Philece Sampler die? 'Digimon' and 'Legend of Korra' voice actor dead at 67
Philece Sampler provided the voice behind roles such as the older Toph in ‘The Legend of Korra’, Mimi Tachikawa in 'Digimon' and many more
Philece Sampler, famous for being a voice actor on ‘Digimon Adventure’ and ‘The Legend of Korra’, died at the age of 67. Sampler was also a soap opera actress who appeared on ‘Another World’ and ‘Days of Our Lives’. She reportedly died on July 1. Sampler would have turned 68 on July 16.
Her former ‘Another World’ castmate Nelson Aspen announced her death on Instagram. Aspen wrote, “I first met Philece in 1987 when we were both working on ‘Another World’. She joined the cast after successful runs on ‘Days of Our Lives’ and the primetime serial ‘Rituals’.”
“When I moved to LA in 1990, she generously let me live in her beautiful Hollywood Hills home and we became even closer,” Aspen said. “So close, in fact, that we wrote several screenplays together and bred beautiful Abyssinian cats. I think that over the decade of the ‘90s, I spent more time with Philece than anyone else. She was as wickedly funny as she was vivacious. Philece was always A complete original!”
“She went on to a very successful Voice Over career and was always hopeful that ‘Days of Our Lives’ would invite her back. Shame on them for not doing so. She was a fan favorite and one of the most hard working, diligent people I’ve ever known. She gave 1000% to anything she did. In a fickle business like Entertainment, I’m proud that we stayed so close right up to the very end of her life. Cherish your loved ones every moment, folks,” he said.
“The last time we saw each other in person was right before the Covid lockdown in February of last year. I was performing my cabaret show in Los Angeles at Rockwell. Always supportive, she was there and I surprised her by singing the ‘Another World’ theme and bringing her on stage with me. We were both in tears by the end of the song!” he wrote.
“Philece was convinced she was the reincarnation of Anne Askew, an English writer, and poet who had been put to death during the reign of Henry VIII. So I am going to be keeping a sharp eye out in case she comes back as someone new. If anyone can do it, SHE can! Farewell, for now, my funny and fabulous friend and ‘sister from another mister.’ Rest in Peace,” he said concluding the eulogy.
How did Philece Sampler die?
Aspen, in his post, wrote that Sampler “passed away from a heart attack, just shy of her 68th birthday. That explains why I didn’t hear from her yesterday on my own birthday: we always celebrated as Cancerian siblings.” The same was reported by Soap Opera Digest.
Sampler’s soap opera career was huge but it was a voice artist that she was most well known and loved as. She provided the voice behind roles such as the older Toph in ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ sequel ‘The Legend of Korra’, Mimi Tachikawa in 'Digimon', Hiyori Tamura in ‘Lucky Star’, Lori in ‘Zatch Bell’, Tsuruko Aoyama in ‘Love Hina’, Beauty in ‘Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo’, Mead in ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, and more.