from isrealnewsagency.com :
Israel Mourns Death of "Superman" Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve visited Israel last year on a solidarity trip.
Above, he meets with stem cell researchers at the Technion.
Jerusalem----October 11.....Christopher Reeve would have been very pleased to be just an actor. But it was his fate to be a real Superman. On screen and off. The actor who convinced global movie audiences that a son of Krypton could fly, later inspired millions to believe that a paralyzed man could walk again and was a strong supporter of Israel, died Sunday at a New York hospital. He was 52. His family was at his side at the time of death. .....
Israel is a leader in the field of spinal injury treatment, as well as stem-cell research. The US government has limited stem-cell research because it often involves the use of human embryos and placentas. Israel has no law regulating embryonic stem cell research. Reeve has been critical of the U.S. policy. Reeve is visiting Israel because its advanced research - particularly in stem cell therapy which offers hope to those like himself with spinal cord injuries.