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Family, friends remember Reeve

Larger memorial service planned for next week
/ Source: Reuters

About 100 family members and friends of Christopher Reeve remembered the “Superman” actor in a private ceremony Tuesday at the family’s Westchester County home in Pound Ridge, New York.

Plans for a larger memorial service for Reeve, who became an ardent advocate for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in a horseback riding accident nine years ago, are expected to be announced next week, a family spokesman said.

“The Reeve family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of support shown to them,” said spokesman Wesley Combs. “It is clear that Christopher Reeve has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world and that is the legacy he leaves behind.”

Reeve died on Sunday in Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, New York, after suffering a heart attack at his home on Saturday during treatment for an infected bedsore wound.

Reeve, 52, was survived by his wife, Dana, and their son, Will, 12. He also had two children from a previous relationship -- Matthew, 25, and Alexandra, 21.