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Gohan bursts through Raditz's space capsule, shocking everyone. Goku tells Gohan to run away, but Gohan is too angry to make sense of anything. Raditz reads Gohan's fighting power at 1307, and says that his scouter is malfunctioning. Suddenly, Gohan charges at Raditz and hits him dead-on in the middle of his chest, leaving him wounded. Gohan runs to his father's side as Raditz staggers to his feet. Goku pleads with Gohan to run, but now he is too scared to run. Raditz reads Gohan's power again, and it has substantially dropped to one, since Gohan can't control his power, it changes with emotion. Raditz smacks Gohan across the head, knocking him a few meters away.
Raditz approaches Gohan and begins to gather energy for a Ki blast. Raditz murmurs that Gohan was the first person to wound him as badly as he did. As Raditz raises his arm for the final blow, Goku wraps himself around Raditz, preventing the attack. He tells Piccolo to try the Special Beam Cannon, even if it means his death. Piccolo, without hesitation, begins to gather energy for another Special Beam Cannon.
Raditz pleads with his brother to reconsider what he is doing, but Goku only holds on tighter. Piccolo finally gathers enough energy for the technique, and fires it at Raditz. The beam goes directly through Raditz, and directly through Goku. The two fall to the ground mortally wounded. Piccolo approaches Raditz who murmurs that Goku foolishly sacrificed his life. Piccolo tells Raditz about the Dragon Balls and the wish they grant, and Raditz relays the message to his two partners in deep space. Raditz tells them that these two are far stronger than him, and that they will arrive in one year. Raditz laughs maniacally, and Piccolo finally puts him out of his misery.
In deep space, Raditz's partners hear of the Dragon Balls and the wish they grant. The shorter of the two, who we later know as Vegeta, says that they are going to wish for eternal life, so they load their space capsule and head for earth. Meanwhile, Bulma, Master Roshi, and Krillin arrive just in time to bid Goku farewell. Goku's body vanishes at the hands of Master Roshi, while everyone is left to mourn his death and prepare for the approaching threat.