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    Stan Lee, 79, creator of comic-book franchises such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, smiles during a photo session April 16, 2002, in his office in Santa Monica, Calif. Lee, who has a minor role in the upcoming Sony Pictures film Spider-Man, opening in May, has weathered financial trouble in recent years.

    The World Mourns as Legendary Marvel Comics' Creator Stan Lee Dies at 95

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    The world-famous writer and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four.

    TMZ reported, citing Stan Lee's daughter, that the legendary co-creator of Marvel Comics has died at the age of 95.

    The cause of his death has not yet been reported, while TMZ said that "an ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We’re told that’s where he died."

    In February 2018, Lee was hospitalized with irregular heartbeat and a shortness of breath.

    Lee, who founded Marvel in 1969 jointly with Jack Kirby, is believed to have created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and other iconic cartoon characters.

    People around the world rushed to Twitter to express their condolences.

    Legendary comic-book creator Stan Lee has been lately at the centre of a struggle with his daughter JC over his property and legacy.

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