Christopher Reeve Cause of Death: How did Christopher Reeve Die?


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Christopher Reeve, an American actor, best known for playing the title character in the film Superman (1978) and three sequels passed away on October 10, 2004, from heart failure at the age of 52 at a hospital near his home in Westchester County, New York.


He was being treated in early October 2004 for an infected pressure ulcer that was causing sepsis, a complication he had previously experienced.

On October 4, 2004, he spoke at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on behalf of the institute’s work; it was his last reported public appearance.

On October 9, 2004, Reeve attended his son Will’s hockey game. That night, he went into cardiac arrest after receiving an antibiotic for the infection.


Christopher Reeve; close-up; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)

He was taken to Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, after slipping into a coma. Reeve died eighteen hours later, on October 10, 2004, at the age of 52.

No official autopsy was performed on the actor. However, both Reeve’s wife Dana and his doctor John McDonald believed that Reeve died as a result of a drug reaction.

His ashes were scattered in the wind by his family. A memorial service for Reeve was held at the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut, which both Reeve and Dana had attended.


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