Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics creations and real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.
Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Lee’s final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion alleging fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later.
He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs (Lee’s estate is estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.
Many Hollywood stars have poured out their condolences to his family.
Robert Downey Jr, Marvel’s Tony Stark posted:
Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine in the X Men posted:
Mark Ruffalo, who plays The Incredible Hulk also wrote:
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Sad, sad day. Rest In Power Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human… you let us be extra human… superhuman even. I am deeply honored to have been a small part in the Stan Lee constellation.
Chris Hemsworth, Marvel’s Thor wrote:
Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky wrote:
By Damilola Faustino
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