Who was American actor Christopher Reeve?

Google has decided to honor Superman star Christopher Reeve for his work as an actor, director, and humanitarian by giving him his own Google Doodle where he's seen in a wheelchair wearing his red shirt.

Who was American actor Christopher Reeve?

Christopher Reeve was born 25 September 1952. His name was trending on social media Saturday as fans paid their respects to the actor who died in 2004 at the age of 52. Google also honored Reeve with a homepage Doodle.

Reeve was best-known for his role as Superman, the Man of Steele, but he became a vocal advocate for spinal cord injuries after being paralyzed in an equestrian accident in 1995.

Through his non-profit, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, he worked to improve the quality of life for people living with paralysis by the traveling the world meeting with scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

How was Christopher Reeve paralyzed?

At 42, his spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition.

Before his death at the age of 52, Reeve made some progress to improve his quality of life by recovering movement in one finger and sensitivity in his legs.

Christopher Reeve died of heart failure in 2004.

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