I am shocked that no one mentioned the passing of animation/voice acting legend
Peter Fernandez, he was a very serious part of the cartoon/anime industry for years.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3540 (Here is his work)
Basically if it was not for him, I doubt that anime would be as popular as it is now.
He basically WAS Speed Racer. He did the voice of Speed & Rex (Racer X), and wrote the lyrics to the famous English version of the theme.
He also directed the voice over work on the show (and several others), and was a writer for several popular shows.
He was 83, and died due to Lung Cancer.
RIP Mr. Fernandez...