Akira Toriyama

Japanese manga artist and character designer (1955–2024)

Akira Toriyama (Japanese: 鳥山 明, Hepburn: Toriyama Akira, April 5, 1955 – March 1, 2024)[1] was a Japanese manga artist. He was the creator of many popular anime and manga series, most notably the Dragon Ball franchise. It has many media adaptions, and is now the most popular anime series and the second best-selling manga of all time. He was born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Toriyama died on March 1, 2024 from acute subdural hematoma, aged 68.[2][3] He had planned to have surgery for a brain tumor a month earlier.[4]


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