7th July 2022 – (Okinawa) Kazuki Takahashi, the author popular comics series YU-GI-OH! was found dead off the coast of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on Wednesday (6th) during snorkelling.
According to reports, Takahashi was found floating in the water wearing snorkelling gear at about 10.30am on Wednesday, and was later confirmed dead. The Nago Coast Guard confirmed on Thursday that the deceased was Kazuki Takahashi, a 60-year-old man whose real name was Kazuya, who lived in Tokyo. The Coast Guard and the police are investigating the cause of death.
Kazuki Takahashi was born on 4th October, 1961 in Tokyo.
The creator of YU-GI-OH! became passionate about drawing comics in his teens, and made his debut in Japan’s best-selling weekly comic magazine, Shonen Jump, in 1991. After taking some time to recharge his artistic energy, he began drawing the comics series YU-GI-OH! in 1996. The animated version of YU-GI-OH! debuted in 2000 and became an immediate hit, spawning a mania that included video games, animation, and a card game, all of which boasted record sales. 23 million comics have been sold thus far.
YU-GI-OH!’s appeal has spread across every facet of the media, and Kazuki Takahashi was known as one of Japan’s foremost comic artists.