Akira Toriyama, Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger character designer, dies at 68

Akira Toriyama, best known for his work creating the Dragon Ball manga series, passed away on March 1st, 2024 at the age of 68 from a subdural hematoma.

Toriyama is also famous for his iconic character and monster design work for the long-running Dragon Quest series since 1986, as well as his work on 1995’s Chrono Trigger for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System — hugely influential RPG titles that were brought to life by his creations.

A message was released from Toriyama’s Bird Studio and Capsule Corporation Tokyo via social media tonight:

Dear Friends and Partners,

We are deeply saddened to inform you that Manga creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1st due to acute subural hematoma. He was in age of 68.

It’s our deep regret that he still had several works in the middle of creation with great enthusiasm. Also, he would have many more things to achieve.

However, he has left many manga titles and works of art to this world.
Thanks to the support of so many people around the world, he has been able to continue his creative activities for over 45 years. We hope that Akira Toriyama’s unique world of creation continues to be beloved by everyone for a long time to come.

We inform you this sad news, with gratefulness for your kindness during his lifetime.

Funeral service was held with his family and very few relatives. Following his wishes for tranquility, we respectfully inform you that we would not accept flowers, condolences gifts, visiting, offerings and others. Also, we ask that you refrain from conducting interviews with this family.

Future pan for commemorate gathering is not decided, we will let you know when it’s confirmed. We deeply thank you for your understanding and support as always.

March 8th, 2024

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