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Marvel comics kills off X-Men founder Professor X

  • Professor X, the Marvel comic book character who created and led the superhero mutant team known as the X-Men, has been killed off.

    The latest issue of Avengers VS. X-Men, released on Wednesday, saw the character, whose real name is Charles Xavier, get killed by Cyclops, a member of his very own X-Men team.

    "When we first crafted Avengers VS. X-Men we didn't set out to kill any characters, but as the story progressed it became obvious that this had to be the last stand of Charles Xavier," Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement.

    "Rest assured his death will reverberate across the Marvel Universe, leading into major launches like Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men this fall," added Alonso.