Stan Lee has died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles.
According to Variety, the Marvel comic book writer was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (12th November) on Monday after suffering a medical emergency, and was declared dead shortly afterwards.
Born Stanley Lieber in New York City, Lee’s career has spanned over decades. In 1939, he got a job as an office assistant at Timely Comics (later renamed Marvel) and gradually began writing comic books under the pseudonym “Stan Lee”. He revealed in his autobiography that he wanted to preserve his real name for more serious work, such as novels. He is also the co-creator of “Spider-Man”, “The Avengers” and the “X-Men”.
Upon hearing the news of Lee’s death, many Hollywood celebrities – namely Marvel stars – took to social media to mourn the writer. See their heartfelt messages here:
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
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Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss and Ray Bradbury. That’s where it begins and ends with me. To those of us who have been so deeply affected by the humanity of his imagination, the understanding of reaching beyond our potential and the necessity of tapping into our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you and are forever indebted. Rest In Peace Dear Stan. You made our time here a better one. #ripstanlee @robliefeld
Marvel and Disney also released a lengthy statement honoring Lee’s influence both on screen and on the page, chronicling his rise from comic book assistant to publishing titan.
“Marvel and the entire The Walt Disney Company salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within their halls. Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there.” the statement concludes.
RIP, Stan Lee. You’ll be dearly missed 🙁