‘Yu Gi Oh!’ creator died trying to save woman, young girl: report

A new report says “Yu-Gi-Oh!” Creator Kazuki Takahashi’s death in July came after he tried to save a child, a woman and an American soldier from a treacherous rip current off the coast of Japan.

On Wednesday, Stars and Stripes reported that Takahashi did not die while snorkeling as early reports claimed. Instead, Takahashi attempted to assist Major Robert Bourgeau in the rescue, “unbeknownst to the American, and drowned in the process,” a pained Bourgeau told Stars and Stripes on October 3. “

“You play this game of ‘what if’ a lot,” Bourgeau said. “This guy had a huge impact on the world.”

Bourgeau managed to physically save the woman and child and was able to verbally guide the soldier to safety, reports the New York Post.

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Yu Gi Oh!, one of the top 10 toys kids should want for Christmas, featured at Dream Toys 2003. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of the best-selling toys of the 1980s, is also set to make a Christmas comeback. , say the experts. * Toy store bosses think the quartet of fighters will be among the top 10 gifts kids will demand this year. Another long-time favorite is Barbie thanks to the sale of a “Swan Lake” version of the doll, according to the British Association of Toy Retailers (BATR). (Photo by Ian West – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The body of Takahashi, 60, was found floating about 300 meters off Okinawa by someone running a boating leisure business, according to an official at the Naha Coast Guard Station in Nago.

The body showed signs of attack by a sea creature, possibly sharks, the official said.

Takahashi was identified after police from another part of Okinawa contacted the Coast Guard, saying a rental car had been found abandoned on a beach. The car had a driver’s license, confirming identity. Takahashi’s real first name was Kazuo. His family have been contacted and identified him, the coastguard official said.

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400963 51: Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the new Yu Gi Oh action figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City.  Figures and accessories depict scenes from the cartoons.  (Photo by Laurent Lucier/Getty Images)

400963 51: Toy maker Mattel, Inc. debuted the new Yu Gi Oh action figures at the International Toy Fair February 10, 2002 in New York City. Figures and accessories depict scenes from the cartoons. (Photo by Laurent Lucier/Getty Images)

“Yu Gi Oh!” debuted in Shonen Jump magazine in 1996, became a hit, selling over 40 million copies in manga form, although the number of cards released worldwide was much larger, numbering by billion.

The official card game went on sale in 1999. A television show and video games, as well as action figures and toys, were also part of the franchise.

The success of “Yu Gi Oh!” in the West was similar to that of other Japanese animations and games like Pok√©mon.

A contestant presents a bunch of Yu-Gi-Oh cards to the German Yu-Gi-Oh!  Trading Card Game Championships in Schkeuditz, Germany, May 18, 2013. More than 800 players competed for the title of German Japanese Card Game Champion.  The 32 best players qualified for the European Championships at the end of June in Frankfurt (Main).  Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa |  usage worldwide (Photo by Hendrik Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images)

A contestant presents a bunch of Yu-Gi-Oh cards to the German Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Championships in Schkeuditz, Germany, May 18, 2013. More than 800 players competed for the title of German Japanese Card Game Champion. The 32 best players qualified for the European Championships at the end of June in Frankfurt (Main). Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Hendrik Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images)
(Photo by Hendrik Schmidt/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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“He’s a hero,” Bourgeau said of Takahashi. “He died trying to save someone else.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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