The man who inspired people around the world with his crusade for spinal cord research has died. Christopher Reeve, who first became famous for his role in Superman, was 52.
Reeve went into cardiac arrest on Saturday after developing an infection last week from a pressure wound, which is a common complication for people living with paralysis.
He then fell into a coma and died at home on Sunday, surrounded by his family.
Reeve's support of stem cell research helped thrust the issue into the limelight during the U.S. presidential campaign.
Senator John Kerry, the U.S. Democratic challenger for the presidency, even mentioned Reeve by name during the second presidential debate on Friday night, the day before Reeve went into cardiac arrest.