Yu-Gi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi dies saving 11-year-old girl

The creator behind the extremely popular playing card game Yu-Gi-Oh has died, with the military stating he died a 'hero' trying to save a young girl.

Yu-Gi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi dies saving 11-year-old girl
Published Oct 15, 2022 2:04 AM CDT   |   Updated Wed, Nov 2 2022 1:00 PM CDT
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The creator of one of the most popular trading card games in the world, Yu-Gi-Oh!, has sadly passed away, but reports indicate his final moments were extremely heroic.

Kazuki Takahashi

Kazuki Takahashi

Kazuki Takahashi created the immensely popular trading card game Yu-Gi-Oh! in 1996 via manga releases in the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump. Using the manga releases as the foundation, Takahashi went on to create the worldwide, culturally popular trading card game that spawned TV shows and movies in the following years. Twenty-two years later, the world learned the tragic news that the creator behind the trading card game had passed away in July, with officials reporting that Takahashi drowned.

However, new details are emerging from a US military newspaper and a story on Stars & Stripes, the Department of Defence's news service, which states that a US Army Officer was present at Takahashi's drowning as the officer was the one that saved three individuals from a riptide at a dive spot in Okinawa, Japan. The US military officer, 49-year-old Major Robert Bourgeau, explained that he saw three swimmers, one being an 11-year-old girl, and a US soldier struggling in the riptide while six-foot waves crashed around them.

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Bourgeau, who is a trained scuba diving instructor, rushed in to assist the individuals and was able to save the two civilians while also getting his fellow US officer to safety. According to several sworn witness statements by the US Army, people saw Takahashi also jump into the water to attempt to help Bourgeau, but unfortunately, the Yu-Gi-Oh! creator disappeared beneath the water and waves, swallowed riptide.

Bourgeau told Stars & Stripes described Takahashi as "a hero" and said that he "died trying to save someone else." Japanese Coast Guard discovered Takahashi's body the following day as it washed up on the shore of Nago, a city located in the northern part of Okinawa, confirming the death of the Yu-Gi-Oh! creator. Furthermore, Takahashi's car was found parked at Mermaid's Grotto, a location near the diving spot.

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