‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder’s Cause of Death Released

10 August, 2018, 08:30 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
  • Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

"Superman" actress Margot Kidder died from an intentional drug and alcohol overdose. according to the Coroner's Office.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Kidder's daughter Maggie McGuane said the family chose to make her mother's suicide public because "it's important to be open and honest about the suicide so there's no cloud of shame".

Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane in "Superman" with Christopher Reeve, died on Sunday in her Livingston, Montana home. The Coroner has not specified what drugs she took.

Kidder signs autographs at Comic Con in San Diego Calif. in July 2005
Kidder signs autographs at Comic Con in San Diego Calif. in July 2005

Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the AP, "It's a big relief that the truth is out there".

Canadian-born Kidder had been a mental health advocate during her life with her own struggles well-documented in the media. The star is survived by her 41-year-old daughter Maggie, whom she had with her first husband.

Kidder, and co-star, the late Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, were unknown when they both landed parts in the franchise. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it.

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"It's a very unique sort of grief and pain", she said. Her film "Robber's Roost" was in pre-production, and the final film she worked on was 2017's "The Neighborhood".

In 1996, her battle with her disorder was so intense that she was briefly made homeless after a breakdown which led her to disappear for four days.

But Kidder had a history of mental illness. A friend discovered Kidder's body at her home on May 13th.

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