Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics and one of the most important figures in comic book history, has died aged 95, according to a report by TMZ. An attorney for his family has subsequently confirmed the news.
TMZ report that an ambulance rushed to Lee’s home early on Monday morning (November 12), and transported him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The report says that Lee died while at the medical centre. His daughter J.C. told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Marvel Comics have posted on their website to celebrate Lee, as well as tweeting about their “great sadness”. It currently shows a photo of him, as well as a quote.
It says: “I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.”
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018
Tributes from famous figures have begun to pour in for Lee. Seth Rogen was among the first, saying: “Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.”
Matty Healy of The 1975 recalled his amazement at even being sat in the same restaurant as Lee.
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
I once sat about 3 tables away from Stan Lee at a restaurant and I had to move my chair for him to get passed. The fact I’ve told that shit story to pretty much everyone I’ve met proves (to me at least) how much of a legend he truly was. RIP Stan?
— ?? (@Truman_Black) November 12, 2018
A number of actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been among those to comment on Lee’s death.
Chris Evans, who currently plays Captain America, paid tribute to a man he said “provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”
Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, also shared a tribute, as did Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman.
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
The Twitter account of Shirley Manson’s band Garbage also posted a tribute, as did Travis Scott, Stranger Things’ Milly Bobby Brown, Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, writer Neil Gaiman, entrepreneur Elon Musk, actor George Takei and more.
STAN LEE you legend.
RIP . Thanks for it all.?
— Garbage (@garbage) November 12, 2018
Thank u Stan Lee for everything.
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 12, 2018
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I was a happy little boy lost in the sanctuary of my Spider-Man comic books, collecting em, savoring each one, the piles of comics stacked high next to my bed. Thank you Stan Lee, what a creative whirlwind, wow. Rest In Peace in the divine. What an honor it was to help bring one of your characters to life with my scratchy little voice. ❤️????????❤️❤️
I was first interviewed for Stan Lee's obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 12, 2018
Lee had been in ill health for a number of months. In February this year he revealed his battle with pneumonia in a video shared with TMZ.
“Hiya heroes, this is Stan Lee,” he begins the video. “I haven’t been in touch with you lately. I had a little bout of pneumonia I’ve been fighting, but it seems to be getting better.”
“I want you all to know I’m thinking of you, of course I always think of the fans, and I hope you’re all doing well, and I miss you all.”
Last year saw Lee lose his wife of 69 years, Joan. She died at 93 after suffering a stroke.
Lee co-founded Marvel in 1961 with Jack Kirby. The company evolved from Timely Comics, where Lee had began his career as an assistant in 1939.
He is credited as either the creator or co-creator of some of Marvel’s most iconic superheros, including Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and the X-Men.
During his time with Marvel Lee held the position of editor-in-chief, and later would be its publisher and chairman.
He maintained a key role in the company, and made cameos in a number of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.