Marvel Comics founder, legendary comicbook writer and editor, Stan Lee has passed away. He was 95. The news broke today by his daughter, J.C. Lee, to TMZ. It was said that an ambulance was called to Stan Lee’s home in Hollywood Hills, and rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center before ultimately passing. No official statement on cause of death has been released as of this posting.
J.C. Lee, in a statement, told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
The past couple of years had been tumultuous for Stan Lee. He has had bouts of health decline issues, which prompted immediate medical responses on occasion. Meanwhile, his estate has also been mired with financial trouble and litigious instances, such as sexual harassment allegations, loss of money to the tune of more than a million dollars, and allegations of elder abuse by his road manager.
Lee was the most celebrated and well-known face of American comics, beginning his long career into pop culture in early 1940s. He co-created Marvel Comics with another comicbook legend, the late Jack Kirby in the 1960s. As the penultimate comicbook creator, Lee was responsible for the creation of iconic Marvel characters and teams, such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and The X-Men, to name a few. He has cemented his legacy as the outspoken advocate for comics as a medium of entertainment and literature from the 60s to the present, even going so far as to deliver keynote speeches and conference about comics in a time where the medium was not yet widely accepted.
In more recent times, Stan Lee has also cemented his legacy as the King of Cameos, spawning more than 30 different cameo appearances in different Marvel movies. He has also been a mainstay as a guest in numerous comic conventions around the world to keep up with his fans.
His wife, Joan Lee, passed away in 2017. Born Martin Stanley Lieber, he is survived by his daughter, J.C. Lee.