"Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral".
Stan Lee has been laid to rest at a private funeral, it has been confirmed.
The Marvel Comics legend died on Monday at the age of 95, after battling a sustained period of ill health. In a statement released last night, Lee’s company POW! Entertainment confirmed that he was buried at a private ceremony in accordance with his wishes.
As fans continue to react to Lee’s passing, it’s also been confirmed that a public memorial will be held to allow Marvel devotees to pay their respects.
“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. 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”, a statement confirmed.
“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with them.”
Revealing plans for a public memorial, the statement said: ” We at Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment are working on putting together a tribute befitting the greatest creator of our time and the father of modern pop culture. The grandeur of Stan makes this a monumental task, and we hope to have more info in the days to come.
“In the meantime, we understand and share your desire to commune with fellow fans, and we have set up a tribute wall on therealstanlee.com where we can all share our thoughts, prayers and messages of support.
“Additionally, over the next several days we will be sharing messages from fellow creators, artists and colleagues of Stan’s across his Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. We look forward to joining all of Stan’s fans in celebrating his extraordinary life and legacy.”
The emotional tribute comes only days after the six original Avengers took out a full page advert in The Hollywood Reporter to pay their respects to Lee.
The advert – signed by Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth – hailed Lee’s “amazing legacy” and his “inimitable wit, grace and humility”.
Lee’s daughter has also confirmed they were working on one final superhero at the time of his death.