Takahashi Kazuki was found dead off the coast of Okinawa.
Yesterday evening, a body was discovered off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Local authorities were contacted, and after an investigation, the body was identified as Takahashi Kazuki, real name Takahashi Kazuo, the original creator of the world-famous Yu-Gi-Oh! series. He was 60 years old.
According to the local Coast Guard, Takahashi had been snorkeling alone, based on his attire. His rental car was discovered nearby, and his family confirmed that he had been out by himself. Takahashi’s precise cause of death has not yet been determined, though the Coast Guard noted that there were “damages to his body which looked like they were caused by some sort of marine animal.”
Kazuki Takahashi, creator of ‘Yu-Gi-Oh’, has sadly passed away at the age of 60. pic.twitter.com/9jl3lSWj5N
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) July 7, 2022
In honor of Takahashi’s memory, his agency, Studio Dice, colored his personal website black. Additionally, at the time of writing, the hashtag #RIPLegend is trending on Twitter as longtime fans recall their memories growing up with the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The series started as a manga before being adapted into an anime and a trading card game that is still widely played today, becoming a mainstay of modern pop culture. In 2009, Yu-Gi-Oh! was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most popular trading card game, and it still has a thriving tournament scene both in-person and through digital mediums.