Christopher Reeve’s son lost both his parents by age 13

There are a lot of stories out there about kids who have grown up to look just like their celebrity parents.

From Michael J Fox’s twin daughters to Julia Roberts’s lookalike teen daughter and even Elvis Presley‘s grandson; there is a lot of celebrity offspring making us do a double-take when we look at them.

But, in the case of Christopher Reeve’s 29-year-old son Will he’s not only the spitting image of his father but is working hard to continue his father’s inspirational legacy.

Tragically, Christopher Reeve’s youngest son was forced to deal with the death of his parents when he was just 13.

Christopher Reeve as Superman in a scene from the film, ‘Superman,’ 1978. (Getty Images)
What does a hero look like?

For millions of people growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, a hero looked like Christopher Reeve.

His portrayal of DC comic book hero Superman, which hit our screens in 1978, earned him a BAFTA award for Most Promising Male Newcomer.

The charismatic and handsome actor went on to star in three more superhero movies: Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

His name is synonymous with a famous superhero that we’ll never forget.

But Christopher Reeve, born in New York in 1952, wasn’t just an actor but a film director, producer, screenwriter, equestrian, and activist.

Christopher Reeve accident

On May 27, 1995, Christopher Reeve’s life would change forever.

During an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia, the beloved actor fell off his horse Buck and injured his spinal cord.

Millions of fans and his family were left in shock after the Hollywood actor became paralyzed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair.

According to the actor’s foundation, Christopher’s mother begged the doctors to withdraw his mechanical ventilation and let him die.

New York Times would later reveal that if the actor would have fallen one centimeter further to the left, he would have been killed instantly. On the other hand, if Christopher had landed slightly to the right, he would probably just suffered a concussion.


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Christopher was only 42-years-old when he became a quadriplegic. He was in a wheelchair and required a portable ventilator for the rest of his life.

Doctors quickly declared that there wasn’t much hope of improvement and they specifically told Reeve that it was going to be “impossible” for him to recover any movement.

Christopher Reeve was going through hell, and during the first days at the hospital, he was heavily medicated and delirious. After hearing the doctor’s devastating diagnosis, he felt that his life was ruined.

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He didn’t want to be a burden to his family and told his wife, Dana Morosini, that they maybe should pull the plug.

She replied with tears in her eyes: ”I will support whatever you want to do, because this is your life and your decision. But I want you to know that I’ll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You’re still you. And I love you.”

Reeve could have given up, but instead, he focused on activism setting up the Christopher Reeve Foundation with his devoted wife Dana. It was later renamed the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The couple also co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, lobbying on behalf of spinal cord injury victims and for stem cell research.


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Christopher Reeve also decided to do whatever he could to grant his son a happy childhood.

During an interview with PEOPLE in 2016, Will opened up about his amazing childhood, which he considered a “totally normal” one.

“They were the people who told me to turn off the TV, to eat my broccoli, to go to bed,” Will lovingly recalled. “I understand that not every child experiences going to the grocery store and seeing their dad on the magazine at the checkout aisle, but … it was a totally normal childhood.”

Christopher Reeve, his wife Dana and son Will arrives at the screening of “House Of D” during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City / Getty Images)
Will also remembered when his father taught him how to ride a bike from his wheelchair. “I didn’t believe it was gonna work. I’m terrified, but I have my dad’s voice behind me going, ‘Steady, steady, left, right, left, right,’” he said, adding, “By the third lap, I’m smiling, looking at my dad, waving, and he’s smiling. That meant so much to him. Later on, I would race in him the wheelchair. He’d let me win.”

Sadly, Will’s father passed away when they were piecing everything back together.


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