Anime Creator Leiji Matsumoto Falls Ill In Italy

Anime creator Leiji Matsumoto falls ill in Italy

Japanese manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto has reportedly been taken to a hospital in Turin, Italy. He apparently has suffered a stroke and is said to be in serious condition.

The 81-year old Matsumoto was visiting the northern Italian city on Friday for an event marking 40 years of the broadcast of his anime series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, in Italy.

Italian media say he was attending a screening party for "Galaxy Express 999," another anime movie he created, when he became sick and went back to his hotel. He was then hospitalized after developing symptoms of a suspected cerebral stroke.

Matsumoto's science fiction anime works featuring space and adventure are popular globally.

Last year, he attended events held in his honor in France.