Yu-Gi-Oh! manga author Kazuki Takahashi has passed away at age 60 after a supposed diving accident in Okinawa.
By: Nicole S. Castro on July 7, 2022 at 20:15 PHT
Yu-Gi-Oh! manga author Kazuki Takahashi, whose real name is Kazuo Takahashi, has died at the age of 60.
Japanese news entities have reported that his body was found floating in the waters off the coast of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on the morning of July 6, 2022. Japan Coast Guard officials confirmed that the body was Takahashi's on Thursday, July 7.
The coast guard is still investigating the cause of death. So far, authorities have reported that Takahashi's injuries seem to have been caused by a diving accident.
Kazuki Takahashi (高橋 和希, also known as Kazuo Takahashi 高橋 一雅) was born on Oct. 4, 1961. He was a Japanese manga artist and game creator, best known for creating the hit series Yu-Gi-Oh!.
In 2011, Yu-Gi-Oh! was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's best-selling trading card game after selling more than 25.17 billion sets around the world. In 2013, the series gained another Guinness World Record for largest trading card tournament when 4,364 Duelists (players) competed in the 100th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Long Beach, California, USA in March 2012.
NICOLE S. CASTRO
Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.