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Stan Lee Death: Legendary Marvel Comic Book Writer Dies Aged 95

Legendary Marvel comic book writer Stan Lee, who created characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men and Hulk, has died aged 95.

Lee’s daughter JC confirmed he died after being taken to hospital on Monday.

“He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating,” she said in a statement.

“He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living.

“His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.”

Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr and Stan Lee (Getty Images for Disney)

She did not mention Lee’s cause of death but the TMZ celebrity news website said an ambulance was called to his Hollywood Hills home early on Monday and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.

Lee at the premiere of Spider-Man 2 in 2004 at the Mann Village Theatre in California (Getty Images)

Lee, who was known for making numerous cameo appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was a writer, editor and publisher at Marvel.

Stan Lee and actor Chris Hemsworth at the Thor premiere (Getty Images)

He also created or co-created Iron Man, Thor, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil and Ant-Man, as well as numerous other characters.

Stan Lee with Avengers actress Scarlett Johansson (Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock)

Among those to pay tribute have been Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr, Captain America actor Chris Evans and the DC Comics official Twitter account.

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As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthral generations of young readers.

Lee with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman (AFP/Getty Images)

Lee created the modern superhero with the invention of the Fantastic Four with Kirby in 1961.

He went on to create characters including Spider-Man, Hulk, the X-Men and the Avengers with Kirby and Ditko.

Stan Lee at The Avengers premiere in 2012 (Getty Images)

His comic book heroes conquered the mainstream with Marvel properties from Iron Man and Thor becoming huge Hollywood blockbusters.

Well into his 90s, Lee had cameos in many of the films and made regular appearances on the red carpet and at comic book conventions.

The last 18 months had been turbulent for Lee and he lost his wife Joan in July last year after 69 years of marriage. A series of health scares followed.

The comic book legend had been rushed to hospital with a heart scare in February of this year. After an overnight stay, he was released from hospital and told fans he was on the mend and “feeling great.”

In August this year, he was the subject of a protective order that prevented his onetime business manager from coming within 100 yards of him for three years.

Keya Morgan, a New York based memorabilia collector, had taken charge of Lee’s affairs after his wife died.

Morgan was accused of “isolating” Lee from his relatives in his old age but denied the allegations.

The order also prevented Morgan from contacting Lee’s daughter JC and his brother Larry Lieber.

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