Voice Actress Erika Robledo Dies at 48 in Los Angeles – She Was Known for Giving Life to Ariel in The Little Mermaid

The Mexican actress excelled in English dubbing and even played Verónica Castro in the series "The House Of Flowers" for the US audience.

The animation and dubbing industry is currently enveloped in a wave of mourning. Erika Robledo, a distinguished voice actress known for her roles in iconic characters such as Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Esmeralda in Las Guerreras Mágicas (Magic Knight Rayearth), passed away in Los Angeles, California, at the young age of 48. Robledo’s death, which occurred on January 22, was confirmed several days later by her relatives.

Throughout her career, Robledo has been a beacon of talent in the dubbing world, celebrated for her exceptional ability to connect with the audience emotionally. Her departure, under undisclosed circumstances, has left a void in the industry. The Asociación de Artistas de la Voz (AMAV) and other entities within the dubbing community have expressed profound sorrow, recognizing the indelible mark Robledo leaves behind.

Erika Robledo’s Career and Legacy

What Erika Robledo, the great voice behind 'The Little Mermaid' died of Credit: IG/erikarobledo4vo
What Erika Robledo, the great voice behind ‘The Little Mermaid’ died of Credit: IG/erikarobledo4vo

Erika Robledo’s career spanned a multitude of projects that resonated on an international scale. She was not only a prominent figure in the world of animation but also in acting, taking on roles in notable series on digital platforms like Prime Video and Netflix. Her versatility was further highlighted in 2018 when she joined the English dubbing team of La Casa de las Flores, voicing the character Virginia de la Mora, originally played by Verónica Castro.

In the months leading up to her untimely death, Robledo shared her excitement for new projects, reflecting her unflagging passion for her craft. Her influence extended beyond just her roles; she was a figure of respect and admiration among her peers.

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The news of her passing has initiated a series of tributes and acknowledgments of her legacy. These have come from platforms dedicated to dubbing, such as WDN ES – World Dubbing News, and from her followers on social media. Her work is a testament to her talent, dedication, and love for the art of voice.

Speculations and Tributes

Erika Robledo died on January 22, but her death was confirmed on Saturday, January 27. Credit: @erikarobledo4vo, IG
Erika Robledo died on January 22, but her death was confirmed on Saturday, January 27. Credit: @erikarobledo4vo, IG

The circumstances surrounding Robledo’s death remain unclear, as neither her family nor representatives have made any statements addressing the cause. This ambiguity has led to speculation among internet users, with some suggesting an accident or a silent disease and others contemplating the possibility of depression.

Robledo’s death was a loss to the industry and her fans, who admired her work. Her voice, which brought to life some of the most beloved characters in animation, will continue to echo in the hearts of many. Erika Robledo remembered for her contributions to the world of voice acting and animation, leaves a legacy that will endure in the memories of those who knew her work and her spirit.