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In news gut-wrenching, tragic, and heartbreaking, it’s been reported that Yu-Gi-Oh! author and creator Kazuki Takahashi was found dead on Wednesday morning, off the coast of Nago city in Okinawa, Japan. He was 60 years old. He was found equipped with snorkeling gear, and the cause of his death is currently uncertain.



Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga began publication in Weekly Shonen Jump all the way back in 1996. After a good handful of volumes dealing with an array of tabletop games, Takahashi focused on one in particular, “Duel Monsters,” which would be adapted into the real life Yu-Gi-Oh! card game. Since then, the YGO franchise has become a worldwide success, with a hit anime adaptation, numerous sequels, and many video game adaptations. But in the beginning, it was a simply story about friendship and believing in others — and yourself — that touched the hearts of readers.



Tributes for Takahashi are pouring in from all around the world, as those who grew up loving Yu-Gi-Oh! and those who are still ardent fans of the franchise lament his untimely passing. As someone who avidly collected volumes of the manga as a kid, rereading duel after duel to relive each turn of fate and vow of friendship, my heart sank reading the news. His story has touched an entire generation worldwide, who will remember it for many years to come. Rest in peace, Kazuki Takahashi.



Source: ANN


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