Christopher Reeve is Gone at Age 52

Christopher Reeve, the star of the Superman movies whose near-fatal horse riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, died Sunday of heart failure, reports the Associated Press. He was 52.

Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs said.

Reeve always will be known to movie fans as the strapping, boyishly handsome stage veteran whose charm and humor brought a new dimension to the characters of Superman and his alter-ego, Clark Kent.

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Source: The Associated Press