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11-10-04, 11:04

Actor Christopher Reeve, star of the Superman films of the 1970s and 80s, has died.

The 52-year-old had been suffering from an infection as a result of a pressure wound and died on Sunday, his publicist Wesley Combs said.

He suffered a cardiac arrest at his New York home and slipped into a coma, Mr Combs added.

Reeve was paralysed nine years ago when he broke his neck after being thrown from a horse.

He later became an advocate for spinal cord injury research. In recent years, he had regained sensation in some parts of his body.

He had also returned to acting, appearing in a 1998 production of Rear Window, a modern version of the Alfred Hitch**** thriller about a man in a wheelchair who becomes convinced that a neighbour has been murdered.

The role won him a Screen Actors Guild award.

Reeve's wife Dana said in a statement: "On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Northern Westchester Hospital for the excellent care they provided to my husband.

"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 was a virtual unknown before he shot to superstardom in the 1978 blockbuster Superman.

Thanks to meticulous preparation and close physical resemblance to the comic-strip hero, producers gave him the part.

The film and its three sequels turned Reeve into a worldwide star and grossed $300m.

Actress Susannah York, who played Superman's mother, told BBC Radio Five Live Reeve had "enormous goodness of soul and courage".

"I felt terribly proud to play his mother. When I was doing the film I thought 'Wow, this guy is terrific'.

"He was a very real contender for a Superman hero figure, because of his courage and generosity of spirit. He was fun.

"I think he was great... what he set out to do since his accident... I admired him incredibly."

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3732310.stm)

11-10-04, 12:04
Ah, the poor guy :( His life was so awful after that terrible accident... That's so sad :(

11-10-04, 13:50
I felt so sad when I heard about the accident he had with the horse. I couldn't believe it. And now he died. It's indeed sad :(

tlr online
11-10-04, 13:56
Oh my.... this is bad news. :(

11-10-04, 15:06
i just read about it...this is very sad... :( R.I.P. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

PS: i was just getting ready to post this...but i guess some one got here first....

[ 11. October 2004, 16:07: Message edited by: TheEveningStar ]

Lonely Istari
11-10-04, 17:46
omg... :( he's dead? He was in one of my fav movies: Somewhere in time...

11-10-04, 17:51
I felt so sad and awful when I hear the news, he doesn't deserve it, poor him. :( :( :( :( :( :(

11-10-04, 19:28
Wherever he is, he is walking again.

11-10-04, 21:02
may he rip :(

Lonely Istari
13-10-04, 17:48
Originally posted by Draco:
Wherever he is, he is walking again.That is an awesome way to look at it. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

14-10-04, 02:38
Somewhere in time was great movie. I loved the part when Reeve hugs the picture on the wall haha. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif RIP http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif