I know that when you peel all the layers away Christopher Reeve was simply a man who played a role. However, to me and so many people of my generation, he WAS the Last Son of Krypton. His refusal to give up in the face of his paralysis and his desire to help others overcome their injuries showed that there was a piece of the Man of Steel within him.
He will be missed in more ways then my adult mind can understand, but all too vivid with the child that still resides within.
Rest Christopher Reeve, you have more then earned it.