One of the most influential minds in contemporary pop culture has left us, with Marvel mastermind Stan Lee passing away today at 95.
As the publisher, writer, and editor for Marvel comics, Lee was responsible for the birth of the majority of today’s most beloved heroes, from Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four – along with dozens upon dozens of others.
The death was reported to TMZ by Lee’s daughter and confirmed by the family’s attorney after Lee was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital earlier this morning. His passing follows a tumultuous year for Lee, filled with medical issues such as pneumonia and vision troubles, along with the comic book mogul taking out a restraining order against his former caretaker following allegations of elder abuse.
Despite his age and accomplishments, Lee managed to still keep busy through his stream of clever cameos in various Marvel films, appearing in Venom as recently as last month. Though Lee’s passing marks the end of an era, his influence and creativity lives on in the empire of heroes he left behind and the various movies, comic books, and television shows – not to mention fans – that they continue to inspire.