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This is horrible, he was only 52. First Janet Leigh, then Rodney Dangerfield, now Christopher Reeve, it's been a terrible week for the film community. RIP to the best Superman ever.

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In a god awful coincidence I was listening to certain Our Lady Peace song when my friend Ryan IM'd me the Yahoo story on AIM.

52 was so young. It is a real shame. I had always believed deep down that he'd be able to recover some mobility as time progressed. I thought that maybe that during his life time the technology and medicine would advance to the point where he could have a limited improvement.


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I am just in shock after reading this. He has been such a big star and then very public in his fight against spinal complications that its just weird now hearing he has past away. I was watching a show just hours ago where they had an interview with him talking about his battles. :(

RIP Christopher

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Wasn't he meant to have a cameo in the new movie? I'm assuming they haven't (and won't film it).

Awful shame, he was only good in Superman, other than that he sucked, but then his role was FRIGGIN' SUPERMAN, and for that he deserves kudos.

Am I the only one expecting Maddox to make some sick tirade over this?

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RIP Chris. :(

His cameo in 'Smallville' sent chills down my spine... specially when they suddenly played the old superman theme in the background.

Sigh. Life's a bitch.

To quote Superman comic #75:

"But most will remember this sad day as the day the proudest, most noble man they ever knew finally fell. For those who loved him, one who would call him husband, one who would be his pal, or those who would call him son, this is the darkest day they could ever imagine. They raised him to be a hero... to know the value of sacrafice. To know the value of life. And for those who served with Superman in the protection of all life comes the shock of failure. The weight of being too late to help. For a city to live, a man had given his all and more. But it's too late. For this is the day that a Superman died."


Christopher Reeves


Now and forever, a superman

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Amazing to say but I have never actually watched any of the Superman movies from start to finish.

UP, that was just simply retarded. How many people actually work for a cause before they or someone they know are victimized by it? Reeves spent millions of his own money to find a cure here. He's done several fund raisers and had stem cell research has actually become a public issue. He's made people more aware of what needs to be done......what else do you really want him to do?

By the way, Reeves directed a made for TV movie for A&E, it's set to premiere on the 24th. It's about a girl who was paralyzed after being hit by a car.

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. - "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve, who turned personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation's most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research, has died. He was 52.

Reeve went into cardiac arrest Saturday while at his Pound Ridge home, then fell into a coma and died Sunday at a hospital surrounded by his family, his publicist said.

His advocacy for stem cell research helped it emerge as a major campaign issue between President Bush and his Democratic opponent, John Kerry. His name was even mentioned by Kerry during the second presidential debate Friday evening.

In the last week Reeve had developed a serious systemic infection from a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. He entered the hospital Saturday.

Dana Reeve thanked her husband's personal staff of nurses and aides, "as well as the millions of fans from around the world."

Before the 1995 accident, his athletic, 6-foot-4-inch frame and love of adventure made him a natural, if largely unknown, choice for the title role in the first "Superman" movie in 1978. He insisted on performing his own stunts.

"Look, I've flown, I've become evil, loved, stopped and turned the world backward, I've faced my peers, I've befriended children and small animals and I've rescued cats from trees," Reeve told the Los Angeles Times in 1983, just before the release of the third "Superman" movie. "What else is there left for Superman to do that hasn't been done?"

Though he owed his fame to it, Reeve made a concerted effort to, as he often put it, "escape the cape." He played an embittered, crippled Vietnam veteran in the 1980 Broadway play "Fifth of July," a lovestruck time-traveler in the 1980 movie "Somewhere in Time," and an aspiring playwright in the 1982 suspense thriller "Deathtrap."

More recent films included John Carpenter's "Village of the Damned," and the HBO movies "Above Suspicion" and "In the Gloaming," which he directed. Among his other film credits are "The Remains of the Day," "The Aviator," and "Morning Glory."

Reeve's life changed completely after he broke his neck in May 1995 when he was thrown from his horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Va.

Enduring months of therapy to allow him to breathe for longer and longer periods without a respirator, Reeve emerged to lobby Congress for better insurance protection against catastrophic injury. He moved an Academy Award audience to tears with a call for more films about social issues.

"Hollywood needs to do more," he said in the 1996 Oscar awards appearance. "Let's continue to take risks. Let's tackle the issues. In many ways our film community can do it better than anyone else."

He returned to directing, and even returned to acting in a 1998 production of "Rear Window," a modern update of the Hitchcock thriller about a man in a wheelchair who becomes convinced a neighbor has been murdered. Reeve won a Screen Actors Guild award for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries.

"I was worried that only acting with my voice and my face, I might not be able to communicate effectively enough to tell the story," Reeve said. "But I was surprised to find that if I really concentrated, and just let the thoughts happen, that they would read on my face."

In 2000, Reeve was able to move his index finger, and a specialized workout regimen made his legs and arms stronger. With rigorous therapy, involving repeated electrical stimulation of the muscles, he also regained sensation in other parts of his body. He vowed to walk again.

"I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life. I don't mean to be reckless, but setting a goal that seems a bit daunting actually is very helpful toward recovery," Reeve said.

Dr. John McDonald treated Reeve as director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He called Reeve "one of the most intense individuals I've ever met in my life."

"Before him there was really no hope," McDonald said. "If you had a spinal cord injury like his there was not much that could be done, but he's changed all that. He's demonstrated that there is hope and that there are things that can be done."

Reeve was born Sept. 25, 1952, in New York City, son of a novelist and a newspaper reporter. About the age of 10, he made his first stage appearance — in Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Yeoman of the Guard" at a theater in Princeton, N.J.

After graduating from Cornell University in 1974, he landed a part as coldhearted bigamist Ben Harper on the soap opera "Love of Life." He also performed frequently on stage, winning his first Broadway role as the grandson of Katharine Hepburn's character in "A Matter of Gravity."

Reeve's first movie role was a minor one in the submarine disaster movie "Gray Lady Down," released in 1978. "Superman" soon followed. Reeve was selected for the role from among about 200 aspirants.

While filming "Superman" in London, Reeve met modeling agency co-founder Gae Exton, and the two began a relationship that lasted several years. The couple had a son and a daughter, but never wed.

Reeve later married Dana Morosini; they had one son, Will, 12. Reeve also is survived by his mother, Barbara Johnson; his father, Franklin Reeve; his brother, Benjamin Reeve; and his two children from his relationship with Exton, Matthew, 25, and Alexandra, 21.

No plans for a funeral were immediately announced.

In his 1998 book, "Still Me," he recalled that after the accident, when he contemplating giving up, his wife told him: "I want you to know that I'll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You're still you. And I love you."

His children helped, too, he told interviewer Barbara Walters.

"I could see how much they needed me and wanted me ... and how lucky we all are and that my brain is on straight."

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Am I the only one expecting Maddox to make some sick tirade over this?

This is freaky, I was on Maddox's page for the first time in ages last night, and was looking through the older stuff, when I saw the page he did on Christopher Reeves. I didn't read it, but I just thought it was weird that I'd notice it right before this happens.

I bet he can't wait for the hatemail to pour in from this one. :rolleyes:

I can't really remember the films, but it's Reeves you think about when you hear the name Superman, and it's a shock to hear about this. My thoughts go out to his friends and family, we'll miss you Super dude. :(

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