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

Calvin Saunders
August 10, 2018

This contradicts an earlier report by the actress' manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, who said Kidder "died peacefully in her sleep".

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

The daughter of late Superman star Margot Kidder has urged people experiencing mental health difficulties to seek help after a coroner's office in the U.S. released its ruling on her mother's death. The Canadian-born actress had always been open about drug and alcohol addictions, which she said partially triggered her very public breakdown in 1996.

Kidder struggled with mental illness much of her life, and it was made worse by a 1990 vehicle accident that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for nearly two years.

Margot Kidder (l) as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve (c) as Clark Kent aka Superman in a scene from the 1978 film. She told the AP she believes it's important to be open and honest about Kidder's suicide so neither her nor her family faces a cloud of shame as a result.

Kidder's longtime friend, Joan Kesich, who found her body, called the actress and activist "fearless".

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McGuane urged people with mental illness to seek help.

She went on to receive a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series in 2015 for that role.

And she was known for her work as a mental-wellness advocate, in part because of her own struggles with mental health.

She added, referring to the high suicide rate in Montana, "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain". She last appeared in 2017's The Neighborhood.

"They are a stigma and recall times when it was thought those with a disorder were possessed by the devil", she told the Edmonton Journal.

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