After over two weeks of Stan Lee’s death, the cause of death has been released. His death certificate lists respiratory and heart failure as the cause, with aspiration pneumonia, ie. when you inhale saliva, food or stomach acid into your lungs.
He was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA on November 12, where he passed away. The late Marvel legend had been rushed to the hospital earlier this year after nurses found him short of breath with an irregular heartbeat. He was hospitalised for a few days thereafter.
He was cremated and his remains were given to his daughter JC. Since his death, many fans and celebrities have come forth to pay tribute to Lee. One heart-melting story came from Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.
“I was really taken back by how relaxed and happy and I got the sense of a man who had become a god within a subculture and this subculture had become mainstream and at age 75, getting respect and adulation,” Jackman told MTV News about his time interacting with Lee. “And he was like, ‘I can’t believe this. This is amazing. We’re the kids in our basement drawing pictures and we know a few people and then 30,000 of us get together, there’s 30,000 of us dressing up and there’s Star Wars.’ Now there’s a million and a half and all of a sudden, everyone’s courting them.”
“Movie studios, everybody was courting them, and you just got the sense that he’s a kid in the candy store who still loves it,” Jackman continued. “He’s like a kid. He was just really warm. Like, he would turn up to do all those cameos, thinking, ‘This is the greatest, I’m in an X-Men movie, they’re bringing this stuff that’s been in my head and on the page, they’re bringing it to life.'”