Tributes for Superman actor Christopher Reeve have come flooding in from family and friends.

Reeve, who died of heart failure on Sunday (10OCT04) aged 52, was described as a "glorious example of triumph over everything" by his Superman co-star Margot Kidder.

Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the comic book movies, adds, "I am so sad. I'm just heartbroken."

Another Superman co-star, Susannah York, says, "He was a very real contender for a Superman figure, because of his courage and generosity of spirit. He was fun."

Reeve had been confined to a wheelchair since a near-fatal horse-riding accident in Virginia in May 1995, when he fractured the top two vertebrae in his neck and damaged his spinal cord.

After coming to terms with his paralysis, Reeve set up the CHRISTOPHER REEVE PARALYSIS FOUNDATION and lobbied Congress to fund more research into spinal injuries.

US presidential candidate John Kerry described Reeve as a friend who "was truly America's hero. He was an inspiration to all of us and gave hope to millions."

Death Wish director MICHAEL WINNER says, "We all believed that we would one day see him walk again and instead we see him die really very young. It's terribly sad.

"My main memory is of his enormous charm. He had great skill as a screen actor and great charisma."

Reeve's wife DANA yesterday (11OCT04) issued a statement thanking "his personal staff of nurses and aides, as well as the millions of fans from around the world who have supported and loved my husband over the years."

12/10/2004 02:51