Chris’ last call brought up the many coincidences surrounding the alleged paralysis and death of Superman actor Christopher Reeve, including a movie that came out just two days before he fell off a horse and became paralyzed like his character in the movie, Above Suspicion.
So much was going on at the time and thereafter, including the ongoing stem cell debate to help in spinal cord research. Reeve was deep in it, bring his magical celeb powers to the cause.
Michael J. Fox is the other high profile character that appears to be faking it, with the possibility of Mohammad Ali as well.
Eighteen hours later, on October 10, 2004, Reeve died of cardiac arrest at the age of 52. His doctor, John McDonald, believed that it was an adverse reaction to the antibiotic that caused his death.
A memorial service for Reeve was held at the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut, which his wife attended.
His wife, Dana Reeve, headed the Christopher Reeve Foundation after his death. She was diagnosed with lung cancer on August 9, 2005, and died at age 44 on March 6, 2006.