Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama tragically dies at the age of 68

Today the sad news has broken that Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has died at the age of 68 on March 1 due to an acute subdural hematoma. Mostly famous for the saga around the seven Dragon Balls, was he also the mastermind behing Dr. Slump, Sand Land as well as the character designs for Chrono Trigger as well as Dragon Quest beside many many other projects he has worked on in his over 45 year long career.

Read below the full message from Bird Studio and Capsule Cooperation Tokyo:

Dear friends and partners,

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Manga creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1 due to acute subdural hematoma. He was in age of 68.

It’s our deep regret that he 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 Akira Toriyama’s unique world of creation. continues to be loved by everyone for a long time to come.

We inform you this sad news, with gratefulness for your kindness during his lifetime.

Funeral service was held with his family and very few relatives, Following his wishes for tranquility, we respectfully inform you that we would not accept flowers, condolences gifts, visiting, offerings and others. Also, we ask you to refrain from conducting interviews with his family.

Future plan for commemorate gathering is not decided, we will let you know when it’s confirmed. We deeply thank you for your understanding and support as always.

March 8, 2024
Bird Studio
Capsule Corporation Tokyo

This news has truly saddened fans around the world and for me personally, his work, starting with Dragon Ball, was the beginning of my love for Japanese Comics and sub culture.

Even the president of France wished him a farewell and honored his work in a post over at X.

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