Japan Coast Guard found Takahashi off the coast of Okinawa in snorkeling gear on Wednesday morning

The Japan Coast Guard manga creator found Kazuki Takahashi (real name Kazuo Takahashi) off Nago City in Okinawa on the morning of Wednesday, July 6. He was 60 years old.

The Coast Guard reportedly found Takahashi equipped with snorkeling gear. The Coast Guard and police are currently investigating the events leading up to Takahashi’s death. A person on a passing boat had called Japan’s marine hotline to report an apparent body, floating 300 meters (about 1,000 feet) off the coast off the resort town of Nago, around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

by Takahashi Yu Gi Oh! manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. The manga launched an international hit franchise which continues to this day with card games, anime, toys, and new manga series. Takahashi won the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award in July 2015. The award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to comics, science fiction and fantasy, film, television, animation and to the fandom.

Takahashi also drew The Comic manga, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of Shueishait is Weekly Shonen Jump magazines in 2018. Viz Media released the manga digitally. Takahashi drew the Secret reverse Marvel Comics manga collab, who Viz Media also released.

Sources: NHK Going through Hachima Kiko, Okinawa time