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>Artist of the highly-sucessful japanese manga "Naruto", Masashi Kishimoto, was killed yesterday May 2nd at Okayama Prefecture, his hometown, after being hit by a truck in highspeed while driving home. He died instantly on impact. Authorities indentified the body 6 hours after his death. It is not known the future of his weekly release manga, but it is confirmed the next two weeks' chapters have already been delivered to Shonen Jump. His brother Seishi Kishimoto (author of "Satan 666") is deeply saddened by the loss and said to the press: "He will never be forgotten as a person by his family, and as a master, by his fans."

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