As Stan Lee tributes continue to roll in, there is one standing out for all the wrong reasons. A New Zealand newspaper mixed up the comic book legend and film director Spike Lee on its front page.
The Gisborne Herald used a photo of Stan Lee, but misidentified him in print writing: ‘“Characters first, superheroes next: Spike Lee dies at 95.” Director Spike Lee is very much alive at age 61.
The gaffe was quickly shared on Twitter.
There’s something different about Spike Lee but i can’t quite place it 🤔 pic.twitter.com/bjs6fxaHKY
— Kenny Williams (@Ohheykenny) November 13, 2018
Stan Lee, who helped create Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Black Panther, and so many more, passed away Monday in Los Angeles. While his official cause of death has not been revealed, he battled health issues this year. In January, Lee was hospitalized for shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. The following month, he suffered pneumonia.
Marvel stars, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt and Mark Ruffalo, paid their respects to Lee yesterday.
Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 12, 2018
Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human… pic.twitter.com/x6yZ6ClNSX
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018
There have been no photo mix-ups (so far) from Hollywood.
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