Iconic comic creator Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95. Although the cause of death wasn’t immediately known, we now know that he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday morning because of pneumonia.
His health had been steadily declining since the death of Joan Lee, his wife of 69 years, in 2017.
When TMZ reached out to Stan Lee’s daughter, J.C., she said: “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
If you’ve seen a superhero movie or read a comic book at some point in your life, chances are you’re already familiar with Stan Lee’s incredible body of work.
He created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, and the frickin’ Avengers. Basically, he’s the reason the Marvel Universe exists. The people who helped bring his characters to life expressed their heartbreak and shock on Twitter throughout the day.
The Deadpool star was one of the first actors to react to Stan Lee’s death. “Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”
Samuel L. Jackson
SHIELD’s own Nick Fury wrote: “Thank you @TheRealStanLee for the escape from this world & great joy inhabiting the ones you created!! You made so many believe in the good, the heroic, the villainous, the exciting, most of all, you were giving & gracious to us all. RIP”
He might play the villainous Kingpin on Daredevil, but Vincent D’Onofrio is a class act in real life: “Can you imagine being one of the guys that made comic books&comic book characters what they are today. I often wonder what it was like in those offices with those first artists&writers. I never met @TheRealStanLee . Only heard great things about him. He’ll be missed.”
The Infinity War villain had this to say about Stan Lee: “To those of us who have been so deeply affected by the humanity of his imagination, the understand of reaching beyond our potential and the necessity of tapping into our immeasurable imaginations, we thank you…”
Wolverine had something to say about the creator of the X-Men: “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.”
Robert Downey, Jr.
Iron Man himself had this touchingly simple statement of gratitude to share: “I owe it all to you. Rest in Peace, Stan.”
Winston Duke played the scene-stealing M’Baku in Black Panther. Here’s what he had to say in honor of Stan Lee: “THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You thought us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power!”
Captain America himself Tweeted this eloquent statement: “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!!
I’m not crying—you’re crying!