It’s sadly been reported that Stan Lee’s wife, Joan Lee, passed away from a stroke yesterday. A spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter:
I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. […] The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Stan Lee married Joan in December of 1947, and they had two children – J.C. (Joan Celia) in 1950 and Jan (who died a few days after being born) in 1953.
Stan Lee often credited his wife Joan in the creation of The Fantastic Four. He had been considering quitting comics at the time, and she (at least according to the oft repeated story) told him to try creating one more comic that he was really proud of before he do so.
Joan Lee was 95 years old.