Stan Lee, legendary comic writer and editor, known mostly for the characters conceptualized for Marvel, passed away on Monday at the age of 95.
TMZ first reported the news, after his daughter provided them with an official statement. Shortly after, The Associated Press received official word from Stan Lee’s family attorney.
Per TMZ’s report, an ambulance arrived at his residence early Monday morning, then rushed him to Cedar Sinai Hospital where he died. A cause of death has not been cited, but multiple reports stated that Lee suffered from numerous ailments in the months leading up to his death.
Since the unfortunate news broke, legions of Lee’s fans, as well as celebrities he worked with, have taken to social media to pay their respects, by recounting the impact his work in the industry had on their lives, and childhoods. In the time since Stan Lee, Marvel, and “Excelsior,” Lee’s signature sign-off, have trended across various social media platforms
After getting his start at 17 with Timely Comics, Lee went on to co-create iconic characters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The X-Men, Black Panther, and The Avengers, to name a few. Stan also contributed material to DC Comics. In 2001–02, Stan co-created a series of one-shot specials under DC’s Just Imagine imprint, wherein he re-imagined classic DC characters with new histories and personalities.
Over the years, fans have come to look forward to Lee’s cameos in Marvels movies. His first appearance was in 2002’s Spider Man, starring Tobey McGuire, and his latest appearance was in Venom. IGN reports that Lee filmed his cameo for Avengers 4 prior to his death, so fans who look forward to his appearances, will get to see him one last time – but sadly these will be the last upcoming marvel movies he will appear in.
In spite of the fanfare online, Lee’s reputation has been plagued by sexual assault allegations in his last days.
In January 2018, several nurses who worked for Lee accused him of groping them, among other things. Lee’s lawyer vehemently denied such their claims. In turn, he claimed that Lee was the true victim because he felt the women were attempting to extort him.
Stan Lee is survived by his daughter, JC Lee, who he, himself accused of elder abuse.