Christopher Reeve’s son lost both his parents by age 13

There are a lot of stories out there about kids who have grown up to look just like their celebrity parents.

From Michael J Fox’s twin daughters to Julia Roberts’s lookalike teen daughter and even Elvis Presley‘s grandson; there is a lot of celebrity offspring making us do a double-take when we look at them.

But, in the case of Christopher Reeve’s 29-year-old son Will he’s not only the spitting image of his father but is working hard to continue his father’s inspirational legacy.

Tragically, Christopher Reeve’s youngest son was forced to deal with the death of his parents when he was just 13.

Christopher Reeve as Superman in a scene from the film, ‘Superman,’ 1978. (Getty Images)

What does a hero look like?

For millions of people growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, a hero looked like Christopher Reeve.

His portrayal of DC comic book hero Superman, which hit our screens in 1978, earned him a BAFTA award for Most Promising Male Newcomer.

The charismatic and handsome actor went on to star in three more superhero movies: Superman IISuperman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

His name is synonymous with a famous superhero that we’ll never forget.

But Christopher Reeve, born in New York in 1952, wasn’t just an actor but a film director, producer, screenwriter, equestrian, and activist.

Will Reeve

Christopher and Dana’s son, William Elliot “Will” Reeve, was born on June 7, 1992. Sadly, Will was just 13 years old when he was left an orphan.

But today, Will has grown up to look just like his father – but until now has kept largely out of the spotlight.

Will has finished his education and has a blossoming career in the sports news industry.

Over a decade later, Will is now 29 years old, and has clearly inherited his father’s good looks; the resemblance is uncanny.

But that isn’t the most remarkable thing about this young man but the fact that he is continuing the good work his parents started.

Will could have gone downhill or off the rails after suffering such trauma at such a young age but thanks to his parents’ strong guidance and his own strength of character he did not allow himself to descend into darkness.

“There’s something my father used to say and which I use frequently today to not only honor his legacy, but to imbue a new generation with his timeless spirit: ‘A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles,’” he said in a Daily Mail article.

Will and his dad also shared a love of sports and today is a contributor to ESPN’s SportsCenter, a job he promised his parents he would achieve.

He got the job after interning at Good Morning America’ and working there as a production assistant while attending Middlebury College.

He continues the work his parents started, looking to find new therapies and helping to lead the fundraising for more breakthroughs in technology for spinal injury patients through the foundation.

Speaking to CBS News in 2018, Will talked about a letter he had written to himself after his parents died.

“I’ve got good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad, because you always need to know exactly what’s going on, no matter what. That won’t change, by the way. The bad news is: You’re at the lowest point of your life. You’re in a hospital room in New York City, and you’ve just said your final goodbye to Mom,” he wrote. “You’re 13. She’s 44. Lung cancer. Never smoked. Gone, just like Dad, who died a year-and-a-half ago, which at the time was the lowest you had been. Now you’re at a new bottom and you’re terrified and confused and just so sad. But! Here’s the good news: this is the low point. There’s nowhere to go but up, and that’s exactly where you’re headed.”

What an inspirational young man Will Reeve is.

Despite having to endure the loss of both of his parents at such a young age, he is honoring their memories with his attitude and achievements every day. 

I know his parents would have been so proud of what this young man has already achieved. He is such an inspiration.

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