Kazuki Takahashi, the author of Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga comics and trading card games apparently died while snorkeling in southwestern Japan.

According to the Coast Guard, the body of Mr. Takahashi (60) was found on Wednesday, about 300 meters off the coast of Okinawa.

According to an official at Nago Coast Guard Nako Station, a person who runs a maritime leisure business found the body.

The corpse was found by Coast Guard and fire department personnel wearing a snorkeling mask face down in the water. According to Coast Guard officials, he could have died for a day or two, speaking on condition of anonymity, because his work could not quote his name.

Kazuki Takahashi, the author of Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga comics and trading card games have passed away (Shohei Miyano / Kyodo News / AP)

The body showed signs of being attacked by marine life, perhaps sharks, but the cause of death is still under investigation, officials said.

Takahashi was identified by saying that a rental car was found abandoned on the beach after police in another part of Okinawa contacted the Coast Guard on Thursday.

The car has a driver’s license and I have confirmed my identity. Takahashi’s real name is Kazuo. According to Coast Guard officials, his family contacted him and identified him.

His cartoon Yu-Gi-Oh! It has been a hit since its debut in Shonen Jump magazine in 1996, and has sold over 40 million copies as a manga, but the number of cards in the world is much larger.

The official card game was released in 1999. Followed by TV shows, video games, dolls and toys.

Mourning for Mr. Takahashi’s social media was flooded.

Fans around the world have posted images of their cards and manga online in honor. Some have said that is why they became interested in Japan. People remembered how the cards helped make their first friends.

“I am deeply grateful for the wonderful’Yu-Gi-Oh!’. The universe he created, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time,” said London-based YuGiOh News. The account is stated on Twitter and its official website.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Since the event was held at a baseball field in Tokyo in 1999, many children and parents came to buy cards, and the organizer’s game maker Konami had to notify the riot police.

Yu-Gi-Oh! It is played by two people facing each other, placing cards of different powers from the deck and trying to defeat the opponent. Each player starts with 8,000 “life points”. Life points are stolen by the chisel when the card is lost.

The main character is a coarse-eyed boy with sharp blonde hair called Yugi Mutou, a card game expert. Yu-Gi-Oh means “King of the game”.

Success of Yu-Gi-Oh! In the West, it was similar to that of other Japanese anime and game works like Pokemon.

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