Japan’s biggest-selling author, serial manga author Hayao Miyazaki, died Tuesday, his publisher announced.
The publisher said Miyazaki died at a hospital in Osaka.
Miyazaki wrote over 1.8 billion copies of his most popular works, including the two most popular anime series, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo, and the manga The Wind Rises, among others.
His work was popular in Japan and abroad and helped spur an explosion of manga in the 1980s and 1990s, creating a global industry.
His books sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, more than any other author, and his work was cited as a source of inspiration in Hollywood films and TV shows.
His son, producer Toshiro Miyazaki Jr., who was born in Japan, said the artist died peacefully.
The artist was surrounded by his family, friends and colleagues, Toshiro said.