Joan Lee — Former hat model and wife of famed Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee died yesterday at Age 93. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly, she suffered from a stroke earlier this week and was hospitalized till she passed away in Los Angeles.
A family statement was released which reads “She passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” adding “the family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Joan and Stan were married for 69 years having met in 1947 and getting married six weeks after meeting. As at the time they met, Joan was married to an American Soldier and Stan was set up on a date with a friend of hers but the pair fell in love instead and the rest is history.
Last year, Stan recalled how he met his wife and how he knew she was the one right away. “She was the girl I had been drawing all my life,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel issued a statement reading: “We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. 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.”
Joan helped voicing two characters: Miss Forbes on the Fantastic Four, and Madame Web in Spider-Man. She also had a cameo role in last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse and wrote the 1987 novel The Pleasure Palace.