Akira Toriyama, creator of the "Dragon Ball" series, dies at 68.

Akira Toriyama, the creator of Japan's massively popular "Dragon Ball" comics and anime cartoons, died at the age of 68, his production team announced on Friday  

"We are deeply saddened to inform you that Manga creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1st due to acute subdural hematoma," read a message on the "Dragon Ball" franchise's official X account.

"It's our deep regret that he still had several works in the middle of creation with great enthusiasm," a statement attributed to Toriyama's Bird Studio said.  

"He would have a lot more to achieve. However, he has left countless manga titles and works of art in this world," the statement continued.  

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

"Dragon Ball" is one of the most successful and influential manga titles of all time.  

It was first serialised in 1984 and has since inspired numerous anime shows, films, and video games.  

It follows Son Goku, a young boy who gains power by collecting magical balls containing dragons to aid him and his comrades in their quest to protect the Earth from evil adversaries.  

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