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You can read an article about it here: Cnet News.com


Many remember him for his role as Superman, and for his fight with paralysis since a horse-riding accident in 1995. I will always remember him as Peter Collier, his role as a playwright opposite Jane Seymour in the romance with a slight sci-fi twist, "Somewhere in Time", one of my all-time favorite movies.

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Via KryptonSite:


Christopher Reeve, 1952-2004


It is with great sadness that we report that actor Christopher Reeve, who played Supeman in four movies and appeared in the Smallville episodes "Rosetta" and "Legacy," died on Sunday, October 10. Reeve fell into a coma on Saturday after suffering cardiac arrest.


Not only did Christopher Reeve have the appearance that personified Superman in the movie series, he also served as a hero to many with his determination to someday walk again. Reeve was a motivational speaker, a director; someone who pushed for and hoped for breakthroughs in stem cell research. He was far more than just the characters he played on movies or television. Smallville was fortunate to have him appear in two of the best episodes of the series' run; his character, Dr. Virgil Swann, was the first to teach young Clark Kent of his Kryptonian destiny.


Those who want to donate to the Christopher Reeve Foundation for paralysis research can visit http://www.christopherreeve.org


Unfortunately, due to the amount of people visiting his site for more information, you may find the Reeve site to be down for the next few days.


We don't know what this will mean for his Dr. Swann character on Smallville. We do, however, think it would be a great thing if some night in the near future the WB could show "Rosetta" and "Legacy" back to back as part of a tribute to this "super" man. We're a bit disappointed that most of the mainstream media failed to mention his Smallville appearances in his body of work, as they introduced him to a new generation of fans and provided some of the series' greatest moments.


"When John Kennedy promised that by the end of the 1960s we would put a man on the moon. Everybody, including the scientists, shook their heads in dismay. But we did it. We can cure spinal cord injuries too, if there's a will. What was possible in outer space is possible in inner space." - Christopher Reeve


"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 sacrifice, to know the value of life. And for those who served with Superman in the protection of all life comes the shock of a 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." - Superman #75, 1992 (written by Dan Jurgens)



Kathy Lewis, President and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) issued the following statement today:



(Springfield, NJ) – “On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and staff of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, we are deeply saddened and shocked by the sudden death of our Chairman, Christopher Reeve,†said Lewis.


Mr. Reeve passed away yesterday of heart failure. He was 52 years old. Mr. Reeve fell into a coma after going into cardiac arrest while at home. Reeve was being treated for a pressure wound that he developed, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.


Mr. Reeve’s death was not a direct result of his spinal cord injury, but an example of how secondary complications can have fatal consequences for people living with paralysis.


“Christopher was a hero to many people, yet he always said it was the ordinary people living with disability who were truly extraordinary†said Lewis. “His memory will serve as inspiration for the work of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and we will continue in his honor to be steadfast in our goal of finding treatments and cures for paralysis.â€Â


“The Foundation extends condolences to the entire Reeve Family. Our thoughts are with all those who mourn in the passing of our Chairman. He will be missed for his life, his work, his passion and his ceaseless courage in the face of adversity that brought hope to millions around the world,†added Lewis.


For those who care to do so, the family has requested that donations be made in his honor to the Foundation.  Cards may be sent to the family in care of the Foundation at 500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey 07081.

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