According to his friend and acting student, Jennifer Smith, Spellos passed away on Sunday, November 19, at the Francisca Hospice House in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His death was later confirmed by his friend Fred Olen Ray on Facebook.
“It is with tremendous sadness that I must report the passing of my dear friend, Peter Spellos at 2:30am this morning,” Olen wrote in his post. “Many of you knew Peter personally. He had more loving friends than there are stars in the sky. A gentler giant never existed. A talented actor, teacher and wise old owl.”
Olen continued, “He always made me laugh. I cannot even recall how many movies we made together, but they would probably fill a book… maybe some day they will. Goodbye, pal.”
Born on March 1, 1954, Spellos was best known as a voice actor, appearing in several anime series, such as Cowboy Bebop, Digimon, Naruto, Outlaw Star, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and many more.
“Really saddened to hear of the passing of friend and fellow Transformer, Peter Spellos this morning,” wrote voice actor Townsend Coleman on X. “Pete was a terrific actor and the sweetest of humans… giving, engaging, and encouraging to all who had the privilege of knowing him. You are loved and missed, Sky-Byte… til all are one.”
Really saddened to hear of the passing of friend and fellow Transformer, Peter Spellos this morning. Pete was a terrific actor and the sweetest of humans… giving, engaging, and encouraging to all who had the privilege of knowing him. You are loved and missed, Sky-Byte… til all… pic.twitter.com/D1aiwo31JW
— Townsend Coleman (@IBTALKN) November 19, 2023
He is survived by his brother, James Spellos. According to Deadline, the family is planning an online memorial for him, but details have not yet been confirmed.
Check out more tributes below.
R.I.P Peter Spellos. Thanks for all the memories! https://t.co/MEmvfMKq7L
— Crazy ass moments in Transformers History️ (@TF_Moments) November 19, 2023
A few friends and I got together today and took some time to remember Peter Spellos. We gather these Sky-Bytes from our distant homes in a wake of sorts, to honor his impact on this fandom and in our lives. Thank you. RIP. pic.twitter.com/3nM8gprQ8A
— Cam, Your Local Toyhax Man (@camzilla51) November 20, 2023
Awful news today that Peter Spellos, the voice of RID Sky-Byte, has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Not just a TF celeb but a real part of our family like no other – a kind and brilliant guy who we’re all better for having had the chance to know.
— Chris McFeely (@chrismcfeely) November 19, 2023
Very saddened to hear of Peter Spellos’ passing. I didn’t know him terribly well, but he was the kind of guy who made everyone feel like his best mate and had an irreplaceable energy that instantly warmed up a room. Farewell, my man. You’ll be missed.
— Thew Adams (@toygrind) November 19, 2023
RIP to the poet, a robot shark, the legend. Peter Spellos may your Spark rejoin the matrix sir! I will miss you my friend! Now fly Superman! pic.twitter.com/IOUVeyI3RT
— SoundwaveSG1 (@Soundwave_SG1) November 19, 2023
Not only was Peter Spellos a force behind the microphone in some of the characters he brought to life.
But he really was such a wonderful man, to meet and get to talk to and his presence at past cons really brought something special.
Thank you for everything… pic.twitter.com/NnfEaTxScs
— Sami Sadek (@Skullgrin14022) November 19, 2023