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The Tragic End Of ‘Hollywood Superman’

As natives of Southern California, we were very familiar with the face and persona of “Hollywood Superman.” He was a fixture of the Chinese Theatre and often appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show. He also suffered from a serious addiction problem that ultimately took his life. And now, that tragic story is making headlines around the world.

Born Christopher Dennis, Hollywood Superman spent more than two decades entertaining tourists and making people smile. He bore a striking resemblance to actor Christopher Reeve, who played the famed DC superhero on the big screen. But behind the grin lied a serious dependency problem and it was Dennis’ tragic final day that emphasized what a devastating drug meth truly is.

Dennis’ descent into addiction had lasted several years. By the time he died, Hollywood Superman was homeless and sleeping on the streets of Van Nuys. Long gone were the cape and superhero tights; it is assumed they were sold (along with the rest of Dennis’ belongings) to further his habit.

The heartbreaking final moments, though, involved Dennis climbing into a clothing donation bin during an evening to stay warm and find shelter. It is believed that he was heavily under the influence when he made this decision and it cost him his life. Ultimately, Dennis injured himself when entering the bin and suffocated at some point during the night.

There is no doubt that Dennis’ meth addiction led to his untimely death at age 52. A death that impacted fans from around the world. Even Jimmy Kimmel issued a statement after finding out the news.

“Chris was a sweet guy who appeared on our show many times and was well-liked by everyone at Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the talk show host told The Los Angeles Times. We will greatly miss him.”

Though it is heartbreaking, to us this is an important story that needs to be told. Clearly the public at large has taken an interest, with social media (and major news outlets) echoing the tragic tale.

It is important to understand just how damaging a dependency, particularly a meth dependency, can become. And no, fatalities don’t always stem from overdoses. As in the case of Christopher Dennis, impaired judgement can just as easily lead to an untimely death.

And the ultimate irony just may be, that even Superman isn’t strong enough to conquer an addiction without the proper resources.