Akira Toriyama, creator of the Dragon Ball manga in Japan, passes away.  

His studio said Friday that Akira Toriyama had an acute subdural hematoma.  

Dragon Ball is popular worldwide and has inspired cartoons and movies.  

Fans have praised Mr. Toriyama for developing childhood characters.  

Dragon Ball premiered in 1984. Son Goku searches for dragon balls to defend Earth from Saiyans.  

The Dragon Ball website said just his family and a few acquaintances attended his funeral on March 1.  

"He had much to accomplish. His studio claimed he left countless manga titles and works of art to the globe.  

"We hope that Akira Toriyama's unique world of creation continues to be loved by everyone for a long time to come," said.  

"I appreciate your comic depicting my youth.   

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