Renowned Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi has passed away at age 60. The circumstances surrounding the creator’s death are currently under investigation.
Japan Coast Guard found Takahashi dead off the coast of Nago, Okinawa in snorkling equipment on July 6 at 10:30 a.m. JST. His body was identified today, July 7, and the investigation is underway according to NHK. His death could have been the result of a diving accident or equipment malfunction, but such details are not confirmed at this time.
Yu-Gi-Oh! touched the lives of millions through the manga, anime, card game, and various video games. The manga first serialized in 1996 and ran until 2004. The original Yu-Gi-Oh! would usher in a major Japanese multimedia franchise that continues strong to this day. His legacy carries on unbroken.
Thank you for all the Yu-Gi-Oh! memories, Kazuki Takahashi, and may you rest in peace.