Local Myths & Legends: ‘Superman’ George Reeves is Buried in Spring Grove Cemetery

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   I’ve heard this since I was a kid…that George Reeves, star of the 1950’s ‘Superman’ TV show, is buried here in Cincinnati at Spring Grove Cemetery. While he did spend some time there postmortem, he is, in fact, NOT buried there. George died on June 16, 1959 from a gun shot wound to the head, which was ruled as a suicide.

I’m not going to go into all the theories and debates as to if it was suicide, an accident, or murder, you can find info on that HERE. We’re just going to cover where George is now, and how the myth that he’s buried here got started. On July 1, 1959, funeral services were held at the Wayside Chapel of the Gates Funeral Home in Los Angeles. He was then temporarily entombed at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Santa Monica. Later that year, his mother, who never believed in the suicide ruling, had his body moved to Cincinnati, where an autopsy was performed at Cincinnati General Hospital. The body was held in a crypt in Cincinnati for three years while she had his death reinvestigate. She did petition to have him permanently interred there in a family crypt, but her request was denied due to space limitations. He was then returned to California, and his cremated remains are now at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California.

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So, while it’s true that George Reeves WAS at Spring Grove cemetery for a time, he is definitely NOT still there.

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