LOS ANGELES -- Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel comic book legend Stan Lee, died Thursday at the age of 93, a spokesperson for the family confirmed.
The spokesperson said she died surrounded by her family.
"The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time," the statement said.
Stan and Joan Lee spent 69 years together. They were married in December 1947 and had two children, but one died three days after birth in 1953.
Stan Lee, 94, co-created Marvel Comics and the company issued a statement regarding Joan's passing.
Stan Lee is scheduled to have a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre on July 18. Kevin Smith and Kevin Feige are expected to speak.
City News Service contributed to this report.