Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose

Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose

Maggie McGuane, the Superman actress' daughter by ex-husband Thomas McGuane, said that it is "a big relief that the truth is out there" in an interview with the Associated Press.

A statement released Wednesday by Park County coroner Richard Wood said she "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose" and that no further details would be released. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it.

Kidder dealt with mental illness for much of her life, while a 1990 vehicle accident left her in debt and needing a wheelchair for nearly two years. She wants to avoid any "cloud of shame".

Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane in "Superman" with Christopher Reeve, died on Sunday in her Livingston, Montana home.

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She later appeared in small films and television shows until 2017, including RL Stine's The Haunting Hour. Her obituary at the time said simply that she passed away at her home, and does not mention her cause of death. Similar to the Star Wars alum, doctors diagnosed Kidder with bipolar disorder in the 1990s.

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

New information is coming to light about Margot Kidder's tragic passing earlier this year. She returned to the world of Superman in the 2000s with periodic guest appearances on Smallville. Maggie has worked as a photographer, a writer, and occasionally modeled. She also noted Montana's high suicide rate and the empathy she feels for the people there going through the same thing. That same year, Kidder was working on her autobiography when her computer was infected by a virus causing her to lose all of her files.

She told AP: "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain".

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