Creator of the manga series Yu-Gi-Oh! dies while snorkeling in Japan – police treating it as a possible crime

  • Kazuki Takahashim, 60, was found dead off the coast of Okinawa in snorkeling gear
  • He was found about 328 meters offshore and pulled out of the water, according to media
  • ‘We are investigating the matter as a possible accident or crime,’ officials said

Kazuki Takahashi, author of the popular “Yu-Gi-Oh!” manga series, was found dead after an apparent snorkeling trip in Japan, a coastguard official said Thursday.

The 60-year-old was found off the southern coast of Okinawa on Wednesday and was thought to have been snorkeling when he died.

He was wearing a T-shirt and an underwater mask, a snorkel and flippers, the Nago town official, who requested anonymity, told AFP.

“We are investigating the case as a possible accident or crime,” he said.

Kazuki Takahashi, author of the popular “Yu-Gi-Oh!” manga series, was found dead after a snorkeling trip in Japan, a coastguard official said Thursday

The 60-year-old was found off the southern coast of Okinawa on Wednesday and was believed to have been snorkeling when he died.

The 60-year-old was found off the southern coast of Okinawa on Wednesday and was believed to have been snorkeling when he died.

Japanese media, including public broadcaster NHK, said Takahashi was found about 328 meters offshore and pulled from the water.

‘Yu Gi Oh!’ was published in the Japanese weekly Shonen Jump between 1996 and 2004.

It told the story of Yugi, a teenager who receives an ancient puzzle that awakens in him the alter ego of an Egyptian pharaoh.

The manga has spawned a media franchise that includes a collectible card game as well as anime series and movies.

It was later published as a 38-book series by Japanese publishing house Shueisha, which issued no immediate statement about Takahashi’s death.

Takahashi wrote under a pseudonym and his real name was Kazuo.

'Yu Gi Oh!'  was published in the Japanese weekly Shonen Jump between 1996 and 2004

‘Yu Gi Oh!’ was published in the Japanese weekly Shonen Jump between 1996 and 2004

The manga has spawned a media franchise that includes a collectible card game as well as anime series and movies.

The manga has spawned a media franchise that includes a collectible card game as well as anime series and movies.

Fans took to social media to commemorate the memory of the man who inspired the international franchise.

‘No matter if you grew up with Yu-Gi-Oh or not, if you only played the card game or only read the manga, if you watched the anime in English or Japanese, we were all brought together by one man passion,” a fan said. “He will always live on in our hearts. This is the lesson he taught us.

Another fan wrote: ‘Yu-Gi-Oh was an integral part of my childhood. Mangas I read in elementary school, animes I watched in the mornings and to this day I have my old cards in my drawer.

“Thank you for bringing this series to life and I hope you know the legacy you left behind.”

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