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Dragon Ball: Japanese manga author Akira Toriyama dies

Dragon Ball: Japanese manga author Akira Toriyama dies

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Akira Toriyama is best known for the Dragon Ball anime and anime films

The creator of the Dragon Ball series, one of the most influential and best-selling Japanese comics of all time, has died at the age of 68.

Akira Toriyama died of an acute subdural hematoma, a type of bleeding near the brain, his studio announced Friday.

Dragon Ball is hugely popular around the world, and the comic series has also spawned anime and film versions.

Fans praised Mr. Toriyama for creating characters that became part of their childhood.

The Dragon Ball comic series debuted in 1984. It follows a boy named Son Goku on his quest to collect magical dragon balls to defend Earth against alien humanoids called Saiyans.

Mr. Toriyama had unfinished business at the time of his death.

He died on March 1 and only his family and a very few friends attended his funeral, according to a statement from the Dragon Ball website.

“He will have a lot of things to achieve. However, he has left many manga titles and artwork to this world,” his studio said.

“We hope that Akira Toriyama's unique creative world will remain loved by everyone for a long time to come,” she added.

Fans expressed their sympathy on social media.

“Thank you for creating a manga that represents my youth. Rest in peace, thank you for your hard work,” read a post on X, which immediately received 500 likes.

“It's too soon, it's very sad,” another Japanese user wrote to X.

“His legacy will live on forever. Thank you for creating the most iconic anime character of all time Akira,” another user wrote.

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