Reviewing an answer on another question, someone posited that Professor X is a mutant, and thus not subject to normal rules of mortality. This isn't really true, but it brought up an interesting idea, and after wracking my brain, I can't come up with a single example.

Within the Marvel or DC universes, has any superhero died of natural causes (old age, natural disease, etc)?

For purposes of this question, let's limit this to primary continuities/universes (The Watchmen was published by DC, but don't exist within the main DC universe). Being killed in a battle, or from injuries sustained in a battle would also not count.

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    Is poor comic book circulation a natural cause? – Oldcat Jun 2 '14 at 17:47
  • Just to point out, it's very natural to die when you are repeatedly shot, stabbed, electrocuted, and dropped in acid. It is, in fact, quite unnatural to survive those. Thus, you could argue that Uncle Ben died of natural causes! – Jeff Dec 18 '17 at 19:58

There are several super-powered characters from both DC and Marvel on Wikipedia's List of deceased American comic book characters who died of mundane causes. (Credit to Sean Duggan for finding that list.)

DC Universe

  • Amazing-Man died of cancer.
  • Black Canary died of cancer. (This was after exposure to radiation during a battle, so it's not really a natural death. It was also retconned a few years later.)
  • Enemy Ace died of natural causes.
  • The Question died of lung cancer.


  • You did a much more comprehensive job than I did. Since my answer really doesn't add anything to yours, I'm going to delete it tonight, I think. – FuzzyBoots Jun 2 '14 at 20:06
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    Apparently cancer is most every heroes secret weakness... – Doc Jun 2 '14 at 23:02
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    Also, Marvel apparently hates British super heroes. – Bob Tway Jun 3 '14 at 8:19
  • Captain Marvel's death is the most memorable one to me. I need to read that again. – Nacht Jun 3 '14 at 9:48
  • @Doc - Even Wolverine's! It turns out he's like, 90% cancer and is only alive because of his healing factor. – Jeff Dec 18 '17 at 19:59

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