October 11, 2004

Sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him

Christopher Reeve, who portrayed a hero in the "Superman" films and embodied one as an advocate for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in an accident, has died. He was 52.

Reeve went into cardiac arrest Saturday at his home in Westchester County, New York, after developing a serious systemic infection during treatment for a pressure wound. He slipped into a coma and died Sunday afternoon at a hospital near his home.

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Sad news. Reeve displayed optimism and perseverance in the face of overwhelmingly contrary circumstances. We did believe a man could walk again.