10-11-04 - WASHINGTON (AP) His publicist calls Christopher Reeve a "courageous and inspirational person" who provided hope to millions of people.
The star of the "Superman" movies who emerged from a paralyzing riding accident as a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research died yesterday at his home in New York state. He was 52.
Publicist Wesley Combs says Reeve was living proof that nothing is impossible.
Reeve was being treated for a pressure wound that became severely infected, resulting in complications. Such wounds are common in paralyzed people. He suffered cardiac arrest.
Reeve's wife, Dana, thanked his personal staff of nurses and aides, along with millions of fans for their love and support.
Reeve became active in support of better catastrophic injury insurance. He also worked hard to overcome his paralysis, moving his index finger in 2000.