Stan Lee revealed that he is battling pneumonia at the age of 95.
The Marvel Comics legend recorded a video message and shared it with TMZ on Wednesday evening.
“Hi, heroes. This is Stan Lee. I haven’t been in touch with you lately. I have a little bout of pneumonia I’ve been fighting, but it seems to be getting better,” Lee said in the video.
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“But 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,” he said. “I miss your enthusiasm. I miss all the notes and the photos and the emails that I used to get, and I still get a lot of them.”
Lee continued, “I want you to know that I still love you all. I think that Marvel and Spidey and I have the best group of fans that any group in the world ever had, and I sure appreciate it. Let me know how you’re doing. I hope everything is going well for you, and I hope the next time we talk, I will be in even better shape. Maybe I’ll have some of this pneumonia knocked down and we can have some real fun over the internet.”
“Until then,” Lee concluded, “excelsior!”
Lee was last spotted on the red carpet for the Jan. 29 premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles.
On Jan. 31, Lee was taken to hospital. His agent released a statement a few days later, saying he would remain there “for a few days for some checkups as a safety precaution.”