The man who invented Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, has died.
Stan Lee, the co-creator of countless Marvel comic book characters that have become staples in pop culture, died on Monday at the age of 95.
TMZ has reported that an ambulance arrived at Lee’s home in the Hollywood Hills on Monday morning.
He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where it is being reported that he passed away.
Lee was known for making a cameo appearance in every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He created some of the most iconic movie characters of all time, including Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man.
Lee had previously suffered a health scare in January, when he was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat, according to a TMZ report. A representative for Lee told the outlet the next day that he was stable and would be “staying there for a few days for some check-ups as a safety precaution.”
In March, The Daily Beast reported that Lee was being financially “picked apart” as his health declined. Among those defrauding Lee were his daughter’s former business associate and his long-time bodyguard.
Lee’s daughter Joan Celia is his sole heir.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City on Dec. 28, 1922, to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants. He got his start at Timely Publications as an assistant in 1939, where he would do menial jobs like refill inkwells and fetch lunch for the staff. Eventually, he moved up to become a text filler for the actual comics, co-creating his first ever hero, The Destroyer.