Various news outlets are reporting the passing of actor Christine Cavanaugh on December 22, 2014, at the age of 51 at her home in Cedar City, UT, of undisclosed causes. She was born on August 16, 1963, in Utah and began her career as an actor in 1988, with her first prominent role coming in 1991 as Gosalyn Waddlemeyer-Mallard in Disney’s Darkwing Duck. She is best known to general audiences as the first voice of Babe the sheep-herding pig in the 1995 live-action movie Babe (although she was replaced by E.G. Daily for the 1998 sequel Babe: Pig in the City). Her other prominent roles in animation voice acting include Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon’s Rugrats and Dexter in Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory. She also appeared in live-action roles on TV shows including Everybody Loves Raymond, ER, The X-Files, and Salute Your Shorts, as well as in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire.
Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001 and moved back to Utah to spend time with her family.