Solo Leveling - Jang Sung-rak Anime
Image Courtesy of A-1 Pictures

It is a sad day for manhwa fans as the artist of Korean webtoon ‘Solo Leveling’, Jang Sung-rak or DUBU, has passed away. Here are all the details we know at the moment regarding DUBU’s sudden passing.

Jang “DUBU” Sung-rak has passed away because of his deteriorating health condition

Yesterday afternoon, fans of the beloved Korean webtoon ‘Solo Leveling’ received shocking news from REDICE Studio. In a tweet, they announced the passing of REDICE Studio CEO and ‘Solo Leveling’ artist Jang Sung-rak. He is also referred to as DUBU by those familiar with his work in the manhwa community.

Solo Leveling - Jang Sung-rak
Image Courtesy of REDICE Studio

In the announcement from REDICE Studio’s official Twitter account, they revealed that DUBU passed away because of health complications. According to the studio, DUBU’s cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Moreover, a chronic illness is the main cause of the cerebral hemorrhage. The artist passed away last July 23.

Read the translated statement from Yen Press below:

On July 23rd, 2022, the artist of the Solo Leveling manhwa, Mr. Sung-rak Jang has passed away due to health issues.

As his family wished, a small funeral was held at his mother’s residence, attended by family and close friends.

Mr. Jang had been struggling with a health condition for a long time, and he passed away from cerebral hemorrhage stemming from his condition.

We would like to thank the readers for all the love and support you’ve shown for Solo Leveling, and we ask that everyone prays for Mr. Jang to rest in a better place.

The staff of Solo Leveling and all of us at REDICE Studio pray for Mr. Jang, who always held a deep love for his work and the readers.



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‘Solo Leveling’ is getting its own video game and anime adaptation

‘Solo Leveling’ is originally written by Chugong and in 2018, DUBU took over as the artist of the manhwa. This news was especially shocking to fans since the future of the webtoon seems to be bright. Aside from the manhwa getting its own video game, one of the things fans and DUBU have been looking forward to is the anime adaptation of ‘Solo Leveling.’

Image Courtesy of REDICE Studio

Just a few weeks ago, A-1 Pictures has announced that they are responsible for creating the anime adaptation of the webtoon. If you’re familiar with Sword Art Online and Erased, A-1 Pictures is the animation studio behind these beloved anime.

So this was shocking news for everyone since it was more than unexpected. However, Jang Sung-rak has always been transparent with his health condition.

In the past, Jang Sung-rak would take breaks in between creating the manhwa because of his health. He uploaded the final chapter of ‘Solo Leveling’ last December 29, 2021. Moreover, he was able to create a total of 179 chapters for Chugong’s story.

Jang Sung-rak, or DUBU, will continue to live on in the hearts of the manhwa community. We at Spiel Times offer our sincerest condolences to Jang Sung-rak’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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