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Japan. Comic book creator Kazuki Takahashi Found Dead by Coast Guard

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Kazuki Takahashi, whose popular comic series “Yu-Gi-Oh!” has grown to become a global brand covering TV shows, anime series and a card game, has been found dead in the sea near Okinawa. “We are shocked and saddened to hear about Kazuki Takashi’s sudden departure,” said “Yu-Gi-Oh!” In a social media release.

Kazuki Takahashi, 60, was killed during a trip near Okinawa, said the Japanese coast guard who found the body of a popular comic book writer.

The man was found off the coast wearing an underwater mask, flippers and a tube for breathing underwater, a Nago city official said. “We are investigating a possible accident as well as a crime,” he said.

“We are shocked and saddened”

Takahashi was found about 300 meters offshore, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

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“We are shocked and saddened to hear about Kazuki Takashi’s sudden departure,” said “Yu-Gi-Oh!” In a social media release.

Takahashi created the cult series “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

The comic “Yu-Gi-Oh!” – telling the story of a teenager fascinated by card games, in which the soul of the Egyptian pharaoh plays – was published in a Japanese comic book magazine in 1996-2004. An anime series was created on its basis.

In 1999, the series “Yu-Gi-Oh!” gained stunning popularity also thanks to the sale of cards with characters. Producer Konami has sold over 22 billion cards, and the series has grown over time to include video games, books, toys and action figures.

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