Joan Lee, the wife of Stan Lee, died Thursday after reportedly suffering a stroke.
She was 93.
“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
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Lee, a former hat model, met the comic book creator when his cousin set him up with a different woman.
Instead, Joan ended up answering the door.
“I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents!” Stan Lee, 94,told the Hollywood Reporter last year.
“She said, ‘May I help you?’ And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’ I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to (Joan) at lunch.”
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The couple was married in December 1947, shortly after Joan divorced her husband.
They had two children together: Jan, who died three days after she was born in 1953, and J.C., who has gone on to act in several movies.
Stan Lee spoke about Joan just days ago before giving a commencement speech at UCLA.
“I like everything about my life, so it’s fun. I’m lucky enough to have friends that I like, a wife that I love,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News.
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“And every day is a new adventure.”
Joan Lee also worked in the Marvel world, voicing characters in the 1994 “Fantastic Four” TV series and the late `90s “Spider-Man” series.
She also penned the 1987 novel “Pleasure Palace” had a small role in “X-Men: Apocalypse” last year.
“We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee,” Marvel said in a statement.
“We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”
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