The NZA Posted October 11, 2004 Share Posted October 11, 2004 (source uncited) Nikki Finke in Los Angeles is reporting that actor Christopher Reeve is dead, according to sources close to the actor. He died suddenly Sunday. News of his death has not been reported publicly yet. His family will make an announcement Monday at the earliest. Reeve was just mentioned Friday in the second live presidential debate by John Kerry. Noting he was a friend of the paralysed Reeve, Kerry said he was in favor of further stem cell research because Reeve could walk again one day thanks to such science.... MORE... Nesarama... CHRISTOPHER REEVE DIES Christopher Reeve, best known for his portrayal of Superman in the four Superman movies spanning the late ‘70s through early ‘80s died Sunday of heart failure after suffering a heart attack and lapsing into a coma on Saturday. Reeve was 52 years old. Reeve's wife Dana issued a statement thanking "the millions of fans around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years." The actor had been confined to a wheelchair since a 1995 riding accident when he was thrown from a horse and suffered many injuries, including two shattered neck vertebrae. Since his accident, Reeve was a tireless advocate for both the rights of the disabled, and increased attention on spinal cord injury research. Following his injury, doctors gave a grim prognosis, claiming that the actor would never again have any feeling or movement below his head, and would mostly likely never again be able to breathe unassisted. In the nine years following, Reeve made tremendous gains, resulting in his doctors calling the degree of his recovery “remarkable.” His recovery and spirit, as well as his unshakable conviction that he would one day walk again gave hope to millions. In the years following Superman, Reeve often said that he found it hard to distance himself from the role, as it was the character he was best known for. Over the years though, Reeve had come to peace with playing Superman, going so far as to appear on the WB's Smallville series, which chronicles the life of a young Clark Kent growing up in Kansas and learning to deal with his developing super powers. Reeve's family asked that donations be made in his honor to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, formed in 1999 to boost collaboration between experts working on treatments for spinal cord damage. You know, i really believed him when he said he'd walk again one day, and i respected what he was doin to cure paralysis. Time to break out the black armband again. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.