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Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball creator, passes away at age 68

By Team HardwareZone - on 8 Mar 2024, 6:57pm

Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball creator, passes away at age 68

Akira Toriyama portrait

Akira Toriyama, creator of the Dragon Ball manga that spawned the highly popular franchise, has died at age 68. According to a note by Bird Studio (the production studio he founded), he succumbed to acute subdural hematoma, bleeding near the brain, on March 1st 2024. Toriyama was still actively working, based on the same note posted on the Dragon Ball website. It said that he "had several works in the middle of creation", and that his creative works spanned a period of 45 years.

The letter announcing Toriyama's death posted on the Dragon Ball official site. Source: dragon-ball-official.com / Bird Studio

Toriyama's body of work came in many forms, his characters appearing in manga, anime, movies, and video games. Aside from the famed Dragon Ball series, he created Dr Slump and its beloved robot character Arale, as well as characters in the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger video games, widely considered some of the best RPGs from their generations.

Dragon Ball, without a doubt, is his most influential body of work. Inspired by the Chinese classic Journey to the West, its characters like Goku are household names worldwide. Toriyama left behind a creation that has been enjoyed on all platforms: manga, anime, movies, games, and on t-shirts, in toys, and so on. 

Fare thee well, good sir.

Bird Studio has asked for privacy for Toriyama's family. The studio has not decided whether it will conduct a commemorative service. If you do want to express your condolences, Bird Studio has allowed comments on the Dragon Ball site. There are already pages of comments from all over the world, in many different languages there. Click here to read them, and if you want to leave your own tribute.

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