Kazuki Takahashi : The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi, died in early July. According to initial reports, his body was found wearing snorkeling gear, including a mask and fins, off the coast of Nago City in Okinawa. He had already been dead for two days, although the cause of death has not yet been revealed.
After several months, we now have the full story courtesy of Stars and Stripes (via Anime News and Facts), the official newspaper of the US military. In Okinawa, Takahashi died while trying to save three people caught in a riptide at a popular diving spot.
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On July 4, the incident occurred. Major Robert Bourgeau was at Mermaid’s Grotto in Onna with several students when the group observed three people caught in a riptide. Stars and Stripes reported that Bourgeau first saw a mother calling for help for her daughter, as well as another US soldier caught up in the whirlpool.
“I grabbed mom and I grabbed [the girl] and I just kicked for all life,” said Bourgeau. As a result of his actions, he has been nominated for the Soldier’s Medal, which recognizes heroism outside of a military conflict. With the assistance of Bourgeau and his students, the third man was able to reach shore.
In an attempt to assist with the rescue, Takahashi donned snorkeling gear at some point. Despite Bourgeau’s claim that he did not see Takahashi get into the water, his students assert that Takahashi was also attempting to assist, putting himself in grave danger in the process.
“He’s a hero,” Bourgeau said of Takahashi. “He died trying to save someone else.”
Local authorities also found Takahashi’s rental car near the dive site in addition to sworn statements from eyewitnesses.