The creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! universe, Kazuki Takahashi, has died this Tuesday at the age of 60 in the city of Nago, Okinawa prefecture (Japan).

The developer was found dead some 300 meters off the coast of Awa, but has not been identified as of Thursday, the Nago Coast Guard has confirmed.

As NHK has collected, Takahashi was visiting Okinawa and was snorkeling. It is therefore investigated whether he died of drowning.

Apparently, the 60-year-old ‘mangaka’ had rented a vehicle and the company responsible for it contacted the police on Wednesday assuring that they could not locate him. This could indicate that Takahashi could have died days before, according to TBS and Japan Times.

This creator of Japanese origin, who debuted as a manga artist in 1986, was recognized worldwide for being the creator of the Yu-Gi-Oh!

This work led to different animated series thanks to the film production company Toei, as well as movies, different spin-offs, card games, board games and video games, such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel.

Its influence on the manga universe has been such that this franchise is currently one of the highest-earning multimedia licenses in history.

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