October 11, 2004

The Death of Superman, and the MVP

Two celebrity deaths were announced late last night: The erstwhile Superman, Christopher Reeve, succumbed to unknown causes at the age of 52. I’m no expert on the “Superman” films, but I do remember that “Superman II” was one of the first movies I ever saw in the theater, and I had great admiration for his work on behalf of finding a cure for paralysis after his mid-‘90s accident.

Also passing away last night was Ken Caminiti, the National League MVP in 1996 and I believe the first major leaguer to admit to using steroids, who was 41. Caminiti’s life trajectory was the sort of thing we’ve seen a lot more of in wrestling than baseball: steroid use throughout his career, graduation to harder drugs that ended that career and got worse in retirement, and legal trouble, followed by death in his early 40s. A sad story indeed.

There was also a thankfully false rumor last night that Gary Coleman had died.

Posted by Stephen Silver at October 11, 2004 08:35 PM

from what i heard, christopher reeve had a bedsore that became massively infected, the infection spread to his brain, he went into a coma and died. really tragic that superman was felled by a bedsore ...

Posted by: LilB at October 12, 2004 02:26 PM
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