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Christopher Reeve died of a cardiac arrest in 2004

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On October 10, 2004, ‘Superman’ hero Christopher Reeve died of cardiac arrest. Christopher had a history of medical problems dating back to 1995 when Reeve had a near-fatal fall during a horse-riding event. After this incident he was a quadriplegic, and he could not come out of the clutches of paralysis. He was bound to his wheelchair and countless tubes that kept his body functioning. Christopher Reeve developed a pressure wound because of the paralysis, which caused him a systemic infection called sepsis. He had experienced this problem on several occasions previously, but in October 2004 he succumbed to this prolonged illness. Christopher’s death certificate stated a medicinal reaction as the cause of his death. He was 52.

Though his death was a shocking for all, his mother was happy that he was relieved from all the pain and suffering. MSNBC quotes her as saying: “I’m glad that he is free of all those tubes.”

His wife, Dana, was very appreciative of the attentive assistance provided to her husband by the hospital staff. “On behalf of my entire family, I want to thank Northern Westchester Hospital for the excellent care they provided to my husband,” the BBC quotes her as saying in a statement to the press. “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.”

Christopher and his wife Dana

Reeve used his suffering to create and increase awareness about spinal cord injury and became a sponsor and campaigner for spinal cord injury research. He tried to raise money for research purposes that could help others suffering from it. The BBC quotes Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry as saying: “He was an inspiration to all of us and gave hope to millions of Americans who are counting on the life-saving cures that science and research can provide.”

Christopher chaired the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and also founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. Christopher’s activism, along with funding from the National Institute of Health, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brought many scientists in to neurological research with a prime motive to discover a cure for it.

Christopher Reeve was an American actor, screenwriter, film producer and director. He reached new heights in his acting career after playing his most memorable role of ‘Superman’.

Other celebrities who died too young include River Phoenix, Chris Farley and John Candy.

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