Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

A joint statement from the coroner's office and her family urged "those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction and/or suicidal thoughts to seek appropriate counselling and treatment".

Meanwhile, her daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the Associated Press that the family wanted to be "open and honest" about the suicide to avoid any "cloud of shame".

For years, Kidder lived with bipolar disorder and became an advocate for raising awareness about mental health. A cause of death was not originally reported, but Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said at the time that she had passed away peacefully in her sleep.

The official cause of death was self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose, the coroner ruled in a press release.

Now, nearly three months after Kidder's body was found by a friend in her Livingston, Montana home, a coroner there has ruled her death a suicide.

McGuane continued, "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain".

Both Kidder and co-star Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts, and neither saw many major roles afterwards.

Though she worked steadily as an actress over a remarkable 40-year Hollywood career, one role has defined Kidder ever since 1978, when she portrayed "Lois Lane" in the iconic 1978 Richard Donner-directed blockbuster Superman, still considered one of the greatest comic-book movie adaptations ever made.

Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said she had been fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences. "The challenges that she had were very public. She was really a blazing energy". Kidder also appeared on the Smallville TV series, and she most recently appeared on The Neighborhood as Maggie.

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