Stan Lee’s chaotic last year
IT seems Marvel Comic’s icon Stan Lee suffered for the last year of his life before passing away at the age of 95, and while this Hollywood tragedy doesn’t come with substance abuse and overdosing, it was, say insiders, filled with just as much chaos.
The icon’s last words to his fans was that he loved them, but what these fans didn’t know what that since the death of his wife Joanie in 2017, Lee’s inner circle had imploded in a sordid power struggle from which he never fully recovered. According to insiders, the final panels of 95-year-old Stan Lee’s life were ‘lurid, grim and disheartening’.
Shortly after losing his wife of seven decades to a stroke last year, the Marvel creator found himself at the centre of a tabloid frenzy, with members of his rivalrous inner circle accusing each other of theft, fraud and assault. There was reportedly a power struggle over who would tend to the increasingly frail star, who due to his advanced age required full-time nursing care. The man, known for co-creating Marvel’s beloved superheroes like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Black Panther and Doctor Strange, was suffering from pneumonia. But there was more pain and suffering in his life over the last year.
Earlier this year, the icon’s daughter, JC Lee, was granted an elderly abuse restraining order against her dad’s former manager and caretaker, Keya Morgan. Morgan was accused of keeping Lee from his daughter while controlling the kingpin’s $50-million (R710million) fortune. But while Lee insisted there was no abuse, the restraining order stood and Morgan was removed from his position.
Lee was also involved in a scary incident involving two strangers who were seen outside this house, one allegedly demanding money from the multi-millionaire. During the last year he also fired his manager Max Anderson and nurse Linda Sanchez amid claims of a scheme to drive a wedge between him and his family. Reports claim Sanchez gave Lee naked showers with ‘happy ending’ massages, while cops investigated an alleged $1.4-million (R20-million) that was missing from the comic giant’s bank accounts.
And not long before his death, florist-turnedpublicist Jerry Olivarez, who’d worked for
Lee’s only daughter, JC, was sued for selfdealing and misappropriating Lee’s funds. JC was finally left in charge of her famous dad, and now reveals that the icon left something behind for all of his fans — one final superhero.
According to JC Lee, her father was helping her develop ‘Dirt Man’, saying she’d ‘tried to get him to do a character with her her entire life’.
“We have been working on a character called Dirt Man,” she says. “I said, ‘Daddy please, no clatter, no steel, no any of that. Let’s get down and dirty … Let’s do Dirt Man.” Not revealing much more, she continues, “It is very interesting. It’s not over yet, we still have a little trickery,” adding that she hoped it would be made into a film.
JC also reveals that she was planning to create a childhood literacy foundation in her father’s name. “The importance of the written word and the importance of reading is not to be underestimated. “One reason Stan is ‘Stan the Man’ is he took his craft very seriously,” she said. “There’s a lot to be passed on to children about reading and writing, maybe doing competitions – we’re taking this as far as we can take it.”
THE legend’s last year was filled with elder abuse, a restraining order and harassment.