Stan Lee: At 95, Comic Legend Battles Pneumonia, Financial Abuse
Executive producer Stan Lee (L) and actor Chadwick Boseman at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
Stan Lee – the 95-year-old Marvel comic book legend and creator of such superheroes as Spiderman, Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk – is not only struggling with a bad case of pneumonia but also, apparently, a shocking attack of financial abuse.
The seemingly ageless Lee, who recently appeared at the Black Panther premiere in Hollywood, has contacted Beverly Hills police about $1.4 million stolen from his bank account. Lee claims this was not the only theft – he also filed a report with police saying someone used cheque forgery to swindle him out of another $800,000.
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Lee recently fired his Max Anderson, his bodyguard/road manager, over a row in which the comic book magnate accused the convicted felon of threatening and attempting to ostracize his daughter and sole heir, JC Lee.
Defrauding older people is a terrible crime that is unfortunately all too common. While the patient is bed-ridden or stuck in the hospital, anyone from family members to personal support workers wrangle control of the patient’s bank account or assets. (Here are 5 ways to recognize elder financial abuse.)
On the health front, Lee reached out to his many fans in a video posted on TMZ saying he’s feeling better from “a little bout of pneumonia.”
While his voice was shaky, Lee still seems able to summon the same plucky fight-to-the-end-and-never-say-die spirit which he imbued into many of his famous superheroes.
“I want you all to know I’m thinking of you, of course I always think of the fans, and I hope you’re all doing well, and I miss you all. I miss your enthusiasm, I miss all your notes, all your photos and emails … and I want you to know that I still love you all.”