TOKYO -- Kentaro Miura, the Japanese manga artist known for his series "Berserk," has died of acute aortic dissection. He was 54.
Miura's family have held a funeral. It's not clear if a memorial party will be organized.
Miura released his first Berserk story in 1988, and the manga began serialization in a comic magazine the next year. It is still serialized by "Young Animal" magazine, and 40 collected volumes of its chapters have been published. The epic story, featuring protagonist Guts growing up while battling strange monsters, and its detailed art won many fans at home and abroad.
In total, more than 50 million copies of the series' books have been sold, including paper and electronic versions. It has been translated into many languages, and published in 15 countries and regions including the United States and France.