A legend in the comic industry and the brains behind some of the most iconic characters, Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee has died at the age of 95. Confirmed to Associated Press on Monday, his daughter J.C. has said that the creative was rushed to hospital, where he later passed.

Founded in 1947, Marvel had risen to fame during the ’60s with Lee behind the creation of the companies most iconic superheroes including Spiderman, The Hulk, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Worth an estimate of $70 million, he had continued to be the public face of Marvel Comics, with his biggest fans being amongst Hollywood’s brightest.

Many celebrities and former colleagues including the likes of Hugh Jackman, Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds shared their condolences over Twitter.

Even acting as a muse in the fashion industry, Stan Lee had a pair of custom sneakers created for him last year, courtesy of FILA.

“With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honor and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel,” reads a statement from Marvel. The company also posted this Lee quote on its remembrance page, which recounts his lifetime of work:

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realise: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.”

For more information, visit Marvel here.

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