Sunday, October 10, 2004

Christopher Reeve dead at 52

All deaths are sad, but the news that Christopher Reeve, the actor best known for playing SUPERMAN, died on Sunday of heart failure, just made me really, really sad. The Associated Press has written a piece on his passing, which you can start reading below or in its entirety here. For those who care to do so, the family has requested that donations be made in his honor to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation at Rest in peace.

BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Christopher Reeve, the star of the Superman movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, his publicist said. He was 52.
Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.

Reeve was being treated at Northern Westchester Hospital for a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

"On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Northern Westchester Hospital for the excellent care they provided to my husband," Dana Reeve, Christopher's wife, said in a statement. "I also want to thank his personal staff of nurses and aides, as well as the millions of fans from around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years."

Reeve broke his neck in May 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Va.