Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama, has passed away due to acute subdural Hematoma

By - Che Browndon
Written-on - March 8, 2024

Dragon Ball

It’s a tragic death day for DragonBall fans and the anime community as a whole. One of the greatest and most popular Mangaka’s of all time has lost his life. The creator of DragonBall, Akira Toriyama has unfortunately passed away at the age of 68 due to acute subdural Hematoma.

Toriyama's confirmed Dead

Dragon Ball Akira Toriyama's death

There was a communique recently revealed and this had some details about the death of Toriyama. According to the information revealed, he passed away on the 1st of March 2024 but it was made known today (8th March 2024). There’s no information why it took this long to announce this but it was most likely the decision of those close to him. The communique said;

“Dear Friends and Partners

We are deeply saddened to inform you that the Manga Creator Akira Toriyama passed away on March 1st due to acute subdural 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 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 loved by everyone for a long time to come.

We inform you this sad news, with gratefulness of 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, condolence gifts, visiting, offerings and others. Also, we ask you to refrain from conducting interviews with his family.

Future plan 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.

Released on March 8th, 2024 by BIRD Studio, Capsule Corporation Tokyo”.

About Acute Subdural Hematoma

Before moving on, let me talk about some details in the communique. Acute Subdural Hematoma is the accumulation of blood between the Dura mater (the outermost protective covering of the brain) and the arachnoid mater (the middle layer of the meninges that surround the brain). The accumulation of blood creates pressure on the brain causing various symptoms with some being life threatening. Some symptoms include Headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, weakness or numbness in the limbs, changes in vision, loss of consciousness and even a coma. From the information above, Funeral service has already been held. Everything was done in private. The information above is from Studio Bird. This studio was created by Akira Toriyama in 1983, based in Nagoya, Japan

How it will affect future Dragon Ball content

The death of Akira Toriyama will definitely affect the release of DragonBall content in the future be it the manga, upcoming animated shows and even games. It might not be huge but there will be slight changes. Let’s take the case of Dragon Ball Daima which is an upcoming animated series. Based on past details about the show, it was supposed to be written and supervised by Akira Toriyama himself but unfortunately, he has passed away. This means someone else will have to fill in his boots. There are chances he already prepared the content for the upcoming show before time but I can’t say for sure. Toriyama hasn’t been working on the Dragon Ball manga on his own for a long time now. He’s received assistance from Toyatoro. Toyataro has worked on several Dragon Ball arcs so he might just have to work on the manga without Toriyama’s assistance.


Dragon Ball fans currently are in a sad state but even though Akiya Toriyama is no more, his works will live on. I only hope his unfinished projects will be taken care of and respected as a way of showing him respect. Aside from Dragon Ball, Akira Toriyama has worked on Dr. Slump, Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, Go! Go! Ackman, Cowa!, Sand land, Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Kajika,, Blue Dragon and Tobal 1 & 2.



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