Stan Lee, creator of Spiderman, The Avengers and Fantastic Four and the face of Marvel, has died.
The 95 year old died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, according to a family representative.
His death follows closely behind his wife Joan, who died aged 69 in July 2017 – one of many pitfalls in what has been described as a ‘tumultuous’ final few years of his life.
Earlier this year in June, it was revealed the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him and he had also filed a number of lawsuits against executives and an ex-business manager.
The legendary writer began his career in the 1960s, giving a point of difference to his characters – a human element.
His heroes each had their own unique eccentricities like Peter Parker/Spiderman who fretted about dandruff and struggled with dating.
The news of his death has come to a shock to many of his fans and co-workers, worldwide.
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
The King is dead, long live the King! Thank you Stan Lee for inspiring us to achieve the unimaginable. Rest in peace. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QgKHwLMkzB— Titancodes (@TitanCodes) November 12, 2018
Oh no... this is so sad. I've loved this guy since I was about 4!!! RIP to another one of my heroes x#stanlee #marvel— Paul M. Clark (@vikingpaul169) November 12, 2018
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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