Creator of the popular ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ comic franchise, Kazuki Takahashi found dead

According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and other media sources, the creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise was discovered dead on Wednesday. He was sixty years old.

Takahashi’s body was discovered floating off the coast of Nago, Okinawa, while wearing snorkeling gear.

Takahashi began his career as a comic book artist in the 1980s. His breakthrough came in 1996, when he first published Yu-Gi-Oh! in the popular Japanese comic magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. The series centered on Yugi, a spiky-haired precocious boy who, after solving an ancient puzzle, becomes possessed by an ancient spirit who assists Yugi in challenging various bullies and bad guys to mystic games.

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