Kentaro Miura, creator of the popular manga Berzerk, passed away earlier this month. He was 54 years old.

Dark Horse Comics, which publishes the English version of Berzerk, has published a declaration on Twitter in the early hours of Thursday morning: “Kentaro Miura died on May 6, 2021 following an acute aortic dissection. He was 54 years old. Miura-sensei was a master artist and storyteller and we had the great privilege to publish many of his finest works, including his masterpiece, Berserk.

Japanese publisher Hakusensha published a similar statement. Translated, it reads: “We would like to express our utmost respect and gratitude to Dr Miura’s paint job and pray for his soul.” “

Miura, winner of the Tezuka Osamu Culture Award, began publishing Berzerk in 1989. A representative for the publisher did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what would happen to the dark fantasy series now.

Tributes to Miura poured in online, where fans share screenshots of video games inspired by him and their favorites art by Berzerk. Some added #ThankYouMiura to their display names on Twitter.

“I just learned Kentaro miurais death. At the same time, my fans are tweeting about my health. Thank you so much. I will take care of my health and surely finish the Vinland Saga series. I am very shocked. I can’t put it into words ”, wrote manga creator Makota Yukimura.

A popular player called Lulu wrote, “A moment to say goodbye to Kentaro Miura, author of Berserk. Your favorite games and series are probably inspired by Berserk, from Dark Souls to Final Fantasy Rest in peace.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misspelled “Berserk.” TheWrap regrets the error.