Monday, October 11, 2004The star of several Superman films, known more recently as a leading spokesman for spinal-cord injury research following his tragic horse riding accident nine years ago, died at his Bedford, NY home Sunday at age 52. He reportedly suffered cardiac arrest after lapsing into a coma induced by massive systemic infection.
His commitment to finding a cure for paralysis will be carried on by the Christopher Reeve Foundation.Christopher Reeve's obituary on the BBC
Reeve has become a source of inspiration for thousands of people with spinal injury and general disabilities alike. "His name is going to be associated for many years to come with spinal chord injury," Paul Smith, executive director of the Spinal Injuries Association, told BBC News Online.
"He's been a very positive message for people - he got on with his life and lived it to the full, not only by focussing on research but also by getting back and being an actor, a producer. "For many, that will probably be the biggest legacy, in the sense that he didn't give in.