Posted by: drew | March 7, 2006

Rest in Peace Dana Reeve.

Dana Reeve, who won worldwide admiration for her devotion to her “Superman” husband, Christopher Reeve, through his decade of near-total paralysis, has died of lung cancer at age 44.

Reeve, a singer-actress who gave up some of her own career to be one of the nation’s best-known caregivers, died late Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center of lung cancer, said Kathy Lewis, president of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Dana Reeve had succeeded her husband as chair of the foundation, which funded research into spinal-cord paralysis cures.

Lewis said she was at Reeve’s hospital bedside on Friday, and Reeve was “tired but with her typical sense of humor and smile, always trying to make other people feel good, her characteristic personality.”

“She was a woman with an incredible heart who really put herself out there to help people with disabilities and especially those who are caregivers — something she knew a lot about.”

The real kicker, besides Christopher dying the way he did and Dana getting lung cancer despite not smoking at the age of 44:

Reeve is survived by the Reeves’ 13-year-old son, Will; two grown stepchildren, Matthew and Alexandra; her father, Charles Morosini, and two sisters.

Ugh.

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