THE creator of Berserk manga series Kentaro Miura has died after suffering from heart problems aged 54.
His publisher Hakusensha confirmed the artist had passed away on May 6.
Miura was best known for illustrating the dark fantasy manga comic Berserk first published in October 1989.
His influence was seen in video games such as Dark Souls and Final Fantasy.
Fans on Miura's work have paid tribute to the artist after news of his death broke.
One said: “Thanks for creating an unforgettable, timeless, one-of-a-kind manga, Miura. Rest in Peace.”
Another posted: “Miura left behind one of the greatest written works put to paper. One I will cherish forever. God bless the man and may he forever rest in peace.”
His passion for drawing started aged 10 when Miura used to draw manga cartoons for his classmates before working as an assistant to Japanese author Jyoji Morikawa.
Morikawa is best known for creating the Anime series Hajime no Ippo.
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