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Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Passed Away at 68

In a somber announcement, the production team of Akira Toriyama, the renowned creator of Japan's beloved "Dragon Ball" manga and anime, confirmed his passing at the age of 68. The official X account of the "Dragon Ball" franchise conveyed the news, revealing that Toriyama succumbed to acute subdural hematoma on March 1st.

The statement expressed deep sorrow over Toriyama's untimely demise, emphasizing that he was actively engaged in multiple ongoing projects with great passion. The Bird Studio, attributed to Toriyama, regretfully noted that despite his unfinished creations, the manga maestro has left behind an enduring legacy of works of art.

Despite the potential for many more accomplishments, Toriyama's unique creative world, as stated by Bird Studio, is expected to be cherished by fans for years to come. "Dragon Ball" stands as one of the highest-selling and most influential manga series globally since its serialization in 1984, giving rise to numerous anime adaptations, films, and video games.

The publishing house Shueisha expressed profound sadness at the abrupt news of Toriyama's demise, acknowledging the significant impact of his contributions to the world of manga.

Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the acclaimed "One Piece" manga franchise, shared a statement expressing that Toriyama's passing came "too soon" and left behind "too big shoes to fill." Oda lamented the fact that he would never have the opportunity to see Toriyama again, expressing overwhelming sadness.

Subdural hematoma, a severe medical condition characterized by blood accumulation between the skull and the brain's surface, was cited as the cause of Toriyama's demise.

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