The website for the Asahi Shimbun newspaper has reported that according to Italian media, artist and manga creator Leiji Matsumoto was hospitalized in Turin, Italy on November 15, 2019 after collapsing. Asahi Shimbun noted that it is suspected that he had a stroke and that he is in serious condition. The newspaper added that according to Italian media, after Matsumoto started speaking inarticulately at an event, staff took him back to his hotel, and he was then taken to hospital via emergency transport.
The Kyodo news agency has also confirmed through the Corriere della Sera daily newspaper that Matsumoto has been hospitalized for a suspected stroke and is in serious condition, but the agency did not confirm the other details noted by Asahi Shimbun.
The Leiji Matsumoto Cultural Association, the organization hosting Matsumoto’s stay in Italy, noted that Matsumoto is currently undergoing medical examination, but his current situation remains unclear.
Matsumoto was in Turin to attend a series of events that celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Captain Harlock anime’s debut on Italian television. According to the Leiji Matsumoto Cultural Association, Matsumoto was scheduled for an autograph signing at the Cinema Massimo on November 15, 2019, but was only able to sign a few autographs before retiring to his hotel room and undergoing medical supervision. At the moment, Matsumoto’s commitments on November 16 and November 17, 2019 are currently being evaluated.