The sad news is coming out this past day that Stan Lee's Wife, Joan Lee, has passed away — may she rest in peace.

The news stories are a bit in disarray over one point though: whether she was aged 93 or 95 at her death. For example, Googling joan lee died 95 or 93 I get:

one article reporting 95 years of age, one reporting 93

Wikipedia takes the stance that she was 95.

What was Joan Lee's true age when she passed away?

  • Odd that 95 would be the correct answer and MSN and, indepenedently I assume, The Independent, would report the same erroneous 93. Jul 8, 2017 at 4:30

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She was 95.

Wikipedia provides a link to a record of her birth in the early months of 1922. This would make her 95 as Wikipedia says.

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    +1 for taking the only correct route: calculate from date of birth.
    – Mast
    Jul 7, 2017 at 17:47
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    this is unsourced claim, based on original reseach! chuckle
    – user26331
    Jul 7, 2017 at 22:13
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    Do you have a source that 2017-1922=95? sarcasm Jul 8, 2017 at 1:34

It appears that Joan Lee was 95 at her passing.

The first link that you provide is to The Hollywood Reporter. In the report, they include this correction on the bottom.

July 7, 4:40 a.m. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Joan Lee was 93. She was 95. THR regrets the error.

This can be validated by finding an article from The Chronicle entitled Comic book legend Stan Lee inspired by Newcastle-born wife. In the article, they mention

Joan, now 90 and still living with Stan in Beverley Hills, California, has told the Sunday Sun of her fond memories of life in Newcastle.

This article was published October 23rd, 2011, implying that Mrs. Lee was 90 in late 2011. If she was, she would had to have be either 95 or 96 at the time of her passing in July 2017. There doesn't seem to be a source on her actual birthday, with Wikipedia only listing it as 1921. However, this fact seems to have been recently added, and it appears that Wikipedia itself had the fact wrong for an unknown amount of time.

It seems like this may be a case of Citogenesis, where Wikipedia had incorrect information that was then used by news reports and then validated by those same news reports.

  • Wikipedia has now been updated to refer to her birth year as 1922 in all instances. Previously it claimed 1921 in one instance, and 1922 in two other instances. Jul 8, 2017 at 15:48

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