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Akira Toriyama, Creator Of ‘Dragon Ball,’ Dies At 68

Akira Toriyama, creator of the Dragon Ball series, passed away at his home studio on March 1st at the age of 68.

Bird Studio released a statement saying Toriyama's cause of death was a blood clot in his brain. CBS News. The creator of the best-selling anime of the time, he was known for the Dragon Ball manga series, which began in 1984 and sold millions of copies worldwide. He then went on to become a highly successful animated television show, video game, and movie.

According to the BBC, Toriyama's studio announced that Toriyama suffered a type of hemorrhage near his brain called an acute subdural hematoma.

According to CBS News, the studio wrote, “He has been working hard on many projects and had much more he was looking forward to accomplishing.”

According to the BBC, his funeral was attended only by family and close friends.

Toriyama's studio paid homage to the talented artist and touched on his unfinished works.

“He will have much more to accomplish. But he left behind many comic works and works of art,” the studio said, CBS News reported.

The production team announced on March 8, 2024 that Akira Toriyama passed away at the age of 68.Photo courtesy: STR/Jiji Press/AFP, via Getty Images

“I hope that Akira Toriyama's unique creative world will continue to be loved by everyone for many years to come.”

“Sandland'' is a desert adventure story created by Toriyama Sensei, first released in 2000, and made into an animated film three years later. According to CBS News, the new Sandland movie will be released on Disney+ in the spring.

Akira Toriyama, the manga artist behind the Dragon Ball manga and anime, has passed away at the age of 68, the production team announced on March 8th. Photo by: RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images

The production team announced on March 8th that Akira Toriyama has passed away at the age of 68. (Photo by RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP) Photo by RICHARD A. BROOKS/AFP, Getty Images

Loyal fans and followers have expressed their sadness at the sudden death, posting messages of condolence on social media.

Bird Studio expressed their gratitude to Toriyama's large fan base for their dedication and support over the past 40 years. (Related: 'We are heartbroken': Gary Sinise shares devastating life update)

According to CBS News, the studio said, “We hope that Akira Toriyama's unique creative world will continue to be loved by everyone for a long time to come.''

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