“Dragon Ball” Series Creator Akira Toriyama Passes Away at 68

Renowned manga and anime creator Akira Toriyama, the mastermind behind Japan’s beloved “Dragon Ball” series, has tragically passed away at the age of 68 due to an acute subdural hematoma, according to a statement from his production team. The official X account of the “Dragon Ball” franchise shared the news, expressing deep regret that Toriyama had several ongoing works filled with great enthusiasm.

The statement, attributed to Toriyama’s Bird Studio, acknowledged his unfulfilled potential and highlighted the numerous manga titles and works of art he has left for the world. Despite the loss, the team expressed hope that Toriyama’s unique creative world would continue to be cherished by fans for years to come.

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“Dragon Ball,” first serialized in 1984, stands as one of the highest-selling and most influential manga titles globally, giving rise to numerous anime series, films, and video games. The series follows Son Goku’s adventures as he collects magical dragon balls to protect Earth from formidable adversaries.

Shueisha, the publishing house behind Toriyama’s works, conveyed profound sadness at the unexpected news of his demise. Eiichiro Oda, the creator of “One Piece,” another iconic manga franchise, lamented Toriyama’s untimely passing, describing it as leaving “too big shoes to fill.”

Toriyama’s death is mourned across the manga and anime community, with fans and fellow creators expressing deep sorrow over the loss of a visionary talent. Subdural hematoma, a serious medical condition involving blood accumulation between the skull and the brain surface, is reported as the cause of his demise.

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