The success any long-running serialized drama (such as a comic books or a soap opera) depends on its ability to give the illusion of change without changing too much (or anything, for that matter).
In the case of Spider-Man comics, nothing has remained as unchanging as Peter Parker's beloved Aunt May. However, as important as her role in Peter Parker's life has been (and continues to be), some fans have grown a little tired of her constant presence, as well as her multiple brushes with death. One member of this Anti-Auntie May contingent was Dave Krasakove, whose frank opinion on the doddering ol' dame's continued existence was published in Amazing Spider-Man #98 (1971)...
Woah! How do you really feel about Aunt May, Dave? Although I think he had a point when it comes to a shortage of normal, non-sensational deaths in comics, Mr. Krasakove seemed just a little too gung-ho about the whole thing. So, what was Stan's response to the May Parker death wish?
Ah, so according to Stan, the death of Gwen Stacy's father at the hands (and mechanical arms) of Doctor Octopus was enough senior citizen assassination for most readers...and enough to keep Aunt May safe from death for the next thirty-eight years? Oh, there were a few false alarms along the way, but ol' lady May is still alive and kicking (and sicking) all these years later. I wonder... could Dave Krasakove still be reading Spider-Man comics...and still longing for a "realistic" and "natural" death for Peter Parker's favorite (and only) aunt?