There are many stories of kids who exactly resembled their renowned parents as adults.
The 29-year-old son of actor Christopher Reeve, Will Reeve, is not only an exact clone of his father but is also working hard to continue his role model’s inspiring legacy.
Tragically, Christopher Reeve’s youngest son was forced to deal with his parents’ deaths when he was just 13 years old.
Christopher Reeve was a hero to the vast majority of kids growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
For his 1978 movie rendition of the DC comic book hero Superman, he received the BAFTA award for Most Promising Male Newcomer.
The actor went on to star in Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, three more superhero movies.
His name will always conjure up images of a well-known superhero.
However, New York-born Christopher Reeve, who was born in 1952, was more than just an actor. In addition, he was an activist, equestrian, playwright, producer, director, and actor.
On May 27, 1995, Christopher Reeve’s life would undergo an irreversible shift.
At an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia, the well-liked actor fell from his horse Buck, sustaining a spinal cord injury.
Millions of admirers and his family were horrified by the Hollywood star’s immobility from the neck down and confinement to a wheelchair.
Christopher’s mother allegedly begged the hospital personnel to cease his mechanical ventilation and let him die, according to the actor’s organization.
According to evidence subsequently made available by the New York Times, the actor would have passed away right away if he had fallen one centimeter to the left. On the other hand, if Christopher had landed slightly to the right, he most likely would have simply suffered a concussion.
When Christopher was just 42 years old, he became quadriplegic. He required a portable ventilator and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
The physicians specifically told Reeve that there was little chance of healing and that it would be “impossible” for him to regain any movement.
Christopher Reeve was highly sedated during his first several days in the hospital and had hallucinations because he was through hell. After hearing the doctor’s grim prognosis, he thought his life was gone.
He suggested to his wife Dana Morosini that they might want to end their marriage since he didn’t want to burden his family.
I’ll back whatever you do because this is your life and your decision, she retorted with tears in her eyes. But I want you to know that no matter what happens, I’ll be here for the long haul. You remain the same. And I cherish you.
Reeve had the choice to quit, but he decided instead to commit himself to activism by teaming up with his devoted wife Dana to form the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Later, it changed its name to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
They also co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, an organization that supports spinal cord injury victims and stem cell research.
Christopher Reeve made the choice to do every effort to give his son a good childhood.
In a 2016 interview, Will discussed his unique upbringing and characterized it as “completely normal.”
Will cherishedly recounted, “They were the ones who told me to turn off the TV, to eat my broccoli, and to go to bed.” It was a completely normal childhood, but I realize not every child has the experience of going to the grocery store and seeing their dad on the magazine at the checkout aisle.
Will also recalled learning how to ride a bike from his father’s wheelchair. “I didn’t think it would work. He said, “By the third lap, I’m grinning, looking at my dad, and waving, and he’s grinning. I’m afraid, but I have my dad’s voice behind me telling me to “Steady, steady, left, right, left, right,” he added. He treasured that so much. Later, I would compete in a wheelchair race with him. He would permit me to triumph.
Sadly, as they were putting things back together, Will’s father passed away.
Death of Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve had a history of health issues dating back to his early years. His respiration was impacted by allergies and asthma.
When he was 16 years old, he discovered he had alopecia areata, a condition that caused his hair to fall out. After being paraplegic, Christopher made the decision to entirely shave his head despite being able to handle the condition while pursuing a career in acting.
In the early 2000s, Christopher underwent treatment for numerous infections. In October 2004, he was receiving care for an infected pressure ulcer that was producing sepsis. On October 9, Christopher was watching his son Will play hockey when he suffered a heart attack. Christopher had been taking antibiotics for his infection that day.
He had gone into a coma, so there was nothing the doctors could do for him.
Christopher Reeve passed suddenly on October 10, 2004, at the age of 52.
According to Mrs. Dana and the medical experts, Reeve’s death was caused by a bad pharmaceutical reaction.
When his body was cremated in Hartsdale, New York’s Ferncliff Cemetery, his ashes were scattered there.
Dana, a singer and actress from the United States, wed Christopher Reeve in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1992.
On March 6, 2006, Dana, 44, succumbed to a malignant lung tumor after a protracted illness.
Christopher and Dana Reeve’s son, William Elliot “Will” Reeve, was born on June 7th, 1992. When Will was but 13 years old, he tragically lost his parents.
Since then, Will has grown up and now exactly resembles his father, but up until this moment, he has mostly shied away from the spotlight.
Will has finished his education and is now working successfully in the field of sports journalism.
Over ten years later, Will, who is now 29 years old, has uncannily inherited his father’s good looks.
This young person is unique, but not for the reason you may think.
Will may have fallen off the rails or downhill after experiencing such hardship at such a young age, but he was prevented from doing so by his parents’ firm direction and his own inner fortitude.
He said in an article, “A hero is an ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. There’s a saying my father used to say and which I use frequently today to honor his legacy and to instill a new generation with his timeless spirit.
Will and his father both loved sports, and today Will contributes to ESPN’s SportsCenter, fulfilling a promise he made to his parents.
The accomplishments this young man has already made would have made his parents immensely proud. If so, spread the word.