'Superman' star Margot Kidder died from 'self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose'

Sergio Cunningham
August 9, 2018

TMZ reports that the Park County Coroner claims she had taken drugs and alcohol as a way of ending her life prematurely. But she didn't say anything until the coroner released an official statement.

The coroner did not specify what drugs she took.

Margot Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the AP it's a relief to finally have the truth come out.

Kidder openly struggled with bipolar disorder and was a fierce mental health advocate.

The 69-year-old actress was found dead at her home in Montana on 13 May. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it.

Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said she had been fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.

Kidder's death is one of several high-profile suicides this year that include celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.

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In what was an obvious reference to the Superman movies, Kidder made a cameo in Smallville along with the series' stars Michael Rosenbaum and Allison Mack.

McGuane urged people with mental illness to seek help. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious.

Born Margaret Ruth Kidder on October 17, 1948 in Canada's Northwest Territories, she grew up in a small town without a movie theatre.

"It's a very unique sort of grief and pain", she said.

Kidder struggled with mental illness for a big chunk of her life, with events getting worse following a auto accident in 1990 that left her in debt and led her to using a wheelchair.

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. Her most recent role was in 2017 with the indie The Neighborhood.

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