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Stan Lee’s Wife Joan Dies at 93

Stan Lee’s Wife Joan Dies at 93

Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee, died on Thursday (July 6). She was 93 years old.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joan suffered a stroke earlier in the week and was hospitalized before passing away on Thursday morning.

Stan married Joan back in 1947. During their 70-year marriage, the couple had two children together. One, however, passed away shortly after being born.

Joan was a former British hat model, when she met Stan when he came to her store to ask another girl on a date. In a 2016 story for The Hollywood Reporter, Stan recalled meeting his wife for the first time.

“When I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, ‘Stan, there’s this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch.’ Blah, blah, blah.

“So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. 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! 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.”

Marvel released a statement about Joan’s death on Thursday, saying: “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.”

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