I was shocked and saddened to read that Christopher Reeve died Sunday of heart failure. From 1978 to 1983 he portrayed Superman on the big screen, in what turned out to be the return of superheroes back to the movies.

Reeve fell into a coma Saturday after going into cardiac arrest while at his New York home, his publicist, Wesley Combs told The Associated Press by phone from Washington, D.C., on Sunday night.

Reeve was being treated at Northern Westchester Hospital for a pressure wound, a common complication for people living with paralysis. In the past week, the wound had become severely infected, resulting in a serious systemic infection.

He was 52 years old, and it has already been 9 years since his accident left him paralyzed. His strength and determination in coming back from paralysis had me convinced that someday he would really walk again. Christopher Reeve has been an amazing example of never giving up and of eternal optimism in the face of overwhelming odds.

He was beloved and will be missed.

God Bless him and his family.

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