Stan Lee — the legendary Marvel comic book author responsible for Spider-Man, Iron Man and countless others — died this morning at the age of 95.
A rep for Lee tells The Blast he was taken to the hospital this morning and passed away there. He died of natural causes.
Shane Duffy, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, tells The Blast, We at Stan Lee’s Lee POW! Entertainment are saddened by the loss of our friend and mentor Stan Lee, the father of pop culture. His passing today marks a devastating and painful moment in time, but the legacy of Stan Lee, through his creative genius and his universes of characters, will continue to reach the world of true believers for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the fans of not only his work, but of him, as a friend who made the world a better place. He was a true iconic pioneer with no comparable second. It has been an honor to work beside him."
Lee's longtime rep, Dawn Miller, added, "Stan Lee was a tremendous character that will never be forgotten. He brought joy to so many, the world has lost a true legend today. I feel honored to have worked with him for so many years, may he rest in peace."
Among his many works, Lee played in creating The Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, the X-Men and Black Panther. He frequently appeared in the Marvel movies that were made from his characters.
Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008 from President George W. Bush and was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
His wife of 69 years, Joan, died last year of complications from a stroke.
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