Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel comic book creator and writer, has died at the age of 95, according to reports.
The news comes via TMZ (as well as many other outlets) who are reporting that they've spoken with Lee's daughter J.C. who said: "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."
"We're told an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning," the report continues. "He was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. We're told that's where he died."
The sad news has also been tweeted from Stan Lee's official Twitter account:
pic.twitter.com/dTdDjRvXbsNovember 12, 2018
Lee helped found Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in 1961 and went onto create some of the most beloved superhero characters in the world, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers.
His creations inspired many over the years and have reached an even wider audience thanks to the movie adaptations in which he often cameoed.
Lee can be seen most recently in Venom where he made a cameo at the end of the movie encouraging Eddie Brock to win back his ex-fiancee. He will also appear in upcoming movies Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 for which he has already filmed cameos.
While Lee's health has deteriorated significantly over the last year - he suffered a particularly bad bout of pneumonia at the beginning of 2018 - there's no official word yet on the cause of death.
Despite this, the news has hit the entertainment industry and his fans hard, with many of them - famous or otherwise - already expressing their condolences and appreciation online for a man who touched so many lives...
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!November 12, 2018
Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhhNovember 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO! pic.twitter.com/d1qpuImyzQNovember 12, 2018
Legend 💥Godspeed Stan I feel blessed to have Known you .You made this place better and brought joy to everyone you met .Rest In Peace ❤️xo @therealstanlee @marvel… https://t.co/WdWzrxrErsNovember 12, 2018
Goodnight Stan pic.twitter.com/XQzNnUtAeMNovember 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.November 12, 2018
Stan Lee 😔 pic.twitter.com/0qWEazVS9SNovember 12, 2018
I’m heartbroken. I don’t have the words. Legend. There was never anyone like him & there never will be again. @TheRealStanLee was a trailblazer. A genius. And modest. On #SPIDERMAN-Animated he came on to do some voices. I asked him how it felt to have created such iconicNovember 12, 2018
Speaking as someone who came to love Lee's often flawed yet inspiring characters via the MCU, thank you Stan Lee. And rest in peace.
Remember the legend with every Stan Lee cameo from the MCU, X-Men movies, and more.