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Old 10-11-2004, 03:05 AM   #1
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Chris Reeve the Superman is no longer with us....

I just heard the very sad news of Christopher Reeve's death....

I am still in shock to hear of it but I just want to share with you my utmost admiration of his sheer determination and dedication to his campaign for stem cell research which he has now forced onto the political agenda and also his superb acting as the character that we all grew up with, Superman! I had a lot of fun watching him rescue all kinds of people and, to me, both on film and in real life, he is an absolute hero and one that everyone should learn and be inspired from....

God bless you Christopher and may you fly away up there just like Superman!


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Old 10-11-2004, 03:15 AM   #2
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I am sad to hear the news too. I was hoping to see him able to walk again. He was so determined.

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What a courageous and big-hearted man.

Was there a recent complication in his health or something?
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This is what BBC news said:

Superman star Christopher Reeve, who lobbied for medical research after being paralysed in a fall nine years ago, has died aged 52. He had been suffering from an infection as a result of a pressure wound and died on Sunday, his publicist said.

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

Reeve was paralysed in 1995 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 Hitchcock 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 in the US alone.

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."

Film director Michael Winner called Reeve the "archetypal movie star".

"I think he grew to personify a heroic struggle against disability," said Winner.

"We all kind of believed that we would one day see him walk again and instead we see him die really very young."

It takes extraordinary individuals like Reeve to recognise that investment and effort is worthwhile in the long run to work for others

He added: "He was a kind of action actor and to see an action actor who played Superman paralysed and hardly able to speak was terrible, but we all had hope for him and it is tragic that those hopes have been dashed."

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

He then became a tireless campaigner for stem cell research, forcing it on to the political agenda.

Before the actor's death, Senator John Kerry mentioned Reeve in a presidential debate, calling him a friend and pledging support to stem cell research.

Professor Colin Blakemore, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme said it took commitment like Reeve's to carry research forward.

"It takes extraordinary individuals like Reeve to recognise that investment and effort is worthwhile in the long run to work for others.

"He always said that he was working for himself and was convinced that there would be a cure, but I think probably deep in his mind he knew his efforts would be far more likely to pay off for others than for him."

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I had so much hope for him. This absolutely breaks my heart. We must continue his fight for stem cell research.

How eerie that Senator Kerry had just mentioned Mr. Reeve in a debate.....

Oh this is so sad.
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I am so sadden by his death. He was one brave and courageous man who never wanted to give up.
May you RIP Mr. Reeves.
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He did so much as an actor but so much more as a activist. I'm sure he's in a better place and walking around Heaven right now with Elvis.
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People die in threes.....

Janet Leigh
Rodney Dangerfield
Christopher Reeve

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Sad news this morning.

He was a wonderful spokesman for spinal cord injuries and the picture of human spirit. May the research continue in his name, and I hope one day when a breakthrough is made, he will be remembered.
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He won't be soon forgotten.

Rest in Peace.

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