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Renowned Manga Creator Akira Toriyama Passes Away at 68

Renowned Manga Creator Akira Toriyama Passes Away at 68

Akira Toriyama, the celebrated creator of the iconic Japanese manga series “Dragon Ball,” has tragically passed away at the age of 68 due to an acute subdural hematoma, a form of bleeding near the brain, according to his studio’s announcement on Friday.

“Dragon Ball,” first serialized in 1984, stands as one of the most beloved and successful manga franchises worldwide, inspiring numerous anime series, films, and video games. Toriyama’s imaginative storytelling and vibrant characters have captivated audiences for decades.

Toriyama’s untimely death comes as a shock to fans and colleagues alike, leaving many incomplete works behind. Despite this loss, his studio expressed hope that Toriyama’s creative legacy would continue to be cherished by fans around the globe for years to come.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1955, Toriyama rose to fame with his earlier work, “Dr. Slump,” before achieving unparalleled success with “Dragon Ball.” The series follows the adventures of Son Goku, a young martial artist on a quest to protect Earth from formidable foes.

Tributes poured in from fans on social media, expressing gratitude for Toriyama’s influential contributions to their childhoods and beyond. Many credited him with creating an enduring cultural phenomenon that resonated deeply with audiences worldwide.

While Toriyama’s passing marks the end of an era, his artistic legacy and impact on manga and anime culture will continue to inspire generations of creators and fans alike for years to come.

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