'Dragon Ball' Creator Akira Toriyama Dies At 68

Akira Toriyama was 68 years old.

Cover image via AFP via CNA & fandom

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Legendary Japanese manga artist Akira Toriyama died from an acute subdural hematoma on 1 March, his publisher Shueisha announced today, 8 March

He was 68 years old.

"It's our deep regret that [Toriyama] still had several works in the middle of creation with great enthusiasm. Also, he would have many more things to achieve.

"However, he has left many manga titles and works of art to this world. Thanks to the support of so many people around the world, he has been able to continue his creative activities for over 45 years.

We hope that Toriyama's unique world of creation continues to be loved by everyone for a long time to come," read a statement posted by Dragon Ball's official X account this morning.

His funeral was held in the presence of his family and close relatives. Toriyama's family does not wish to receive flowers, condolences gifts, visits, and offerings at this time. Future plans for commemorative gatherings have not been decided.

The statement also mentioned the family's desire for privacy and requested that the media refrain from conducting interviews with them.

Toriyama's illustrious career spanned over 45 years, during which he worked as a manga artist, writer, and character designer for games since 1978

While Dragon Ball stands as Toriyama's most renowned creation, the acclaimed manga artist was also recognised for a diverse range of projects, such as Sand LandDragon Quest, and Chrono Trigger.

According to Fandom, Toriyama has over 50 manga titles credited to his name, along with five movies.

The Dragon Ball manga series made its debut in 1984. It follows the adventures of Son Goku, a young boy on a mission to gather mystical dragon balls to protect Earth from extraterrestrial threats.

Rest in peace, Akira Toriyama!

Image via Fandom

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