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The Marvel Comics icon’s cause of death has been revealed and it is cardiac arrest, respiratory and congestive heart failure, according to his death certificate obtained from the Los Angeles Department of Health.

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Lee suffered from aspiration pneumonia, which occurs when one inhales food, drink, vomit or saliva into their lungs. In late February, he revealed he was battling pneumonia adding that he had to cancel several appearances because of his illness.

The release of his death certificate comes two weeks after Lee died on Nov. 12 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95.

Four days after his death, on Nov. 16, Lee’s POW! Entertainment said the comic book legend was laid to rest “in accordance with his final wishes.”

“As we all continue to process our feelings of loss at the passing of a true legend, many are asking if there will be a memorial in Stan’s honour,” the company said in a statement. “Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in accordance with his final wishes. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.”

By Damilola Faustino

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