Dana Reeve, widow of Chris Reeve, dies at 44

The Curse of Superman, the superstitious belief that wreaks havoc with those associated to TV and movies about the legendary superhero, seemed to claim another life yesterday. Dana Reeve, the widow of filmdom's Superman Christopher Reeve, died of lung cancer late Monday night. She was 44.

Dana Reeve was diagnosed with cancer last August, only days after ABC World News Tonight's Peter Jennings died of the same disease. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, with about 60 percent of victims dying within a year of diagnosis. Lung cancer can be contracted through smoking (Reeve did not smoke), asbestos inhalation, or breathing in secondhand smoke.

Chrisopher Reeve died in 2004 at the age of 52 after being paralyzed from the neck down in a horse-riding accident in 1995. After her husband's death, Dana Reeve chaired the Christopher Reeve Foundation and founded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. The foundations focused on paralysis and spinal cord research, raising more than $55 million for neuroscience studies.

"Dana will always be remembered for her passion, strength, and ceaseless courage that became her hallmark," said foundation president Kathy Lewis.

In a statement, US Senator and Reeve family friend John Kerry said, "Dana gave voice to a movement to find life-saving cures and promote medical research, and when she lost her inspiration and love she didn't stop the fight."

The Superman Curse stems from the unfortunate events that often befall those associated with Superman films and television series.

George Reeves, star of the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in 1959. His death was ruled a suicide, but his fingerprints were not found on the weapon.

Superman film stars Margot Kidder and Richard Pryor also had runs of bad luck, with Kidder suffering a nervous breakdown and Pryor contracting MS soon after appearing in Superman 3.

1940s cartoon Superman voice Bud Collyer died of a circulatory illness after returning to voice a new Superman series in 1968.

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My prayers are with her father & her son.
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I hope their son and Christopher Reeves other children are okay. Hopefully they continue the work of their parents or support future efforts.
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This news is so sad. Dana and Chris were inspirational, strong people who will truly be missed.
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This is just so sad, specially since their son is still so young....
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This is just so sad, specially since their son is still so young....
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This is just so sad, specially since their son is still so young....
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Very sad, truly an inspiration story because she and Christopher Reeve dedicated themselves to research on Paralysis. In a society where people only care about themselves, it was great to see two people actually care about others. She and Christopher Reeves are heroes in every sense of the word.
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Christopher and Dana Reeve will always be remembered as a strong willed couple and it is an example of a strong foundation in a family that has been through good and rough times together. May they rest in peace and harmony up there, God bless them and their kids.
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That's so sad :(
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I feel sorry for her kid.
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