March 19, 2019

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

09 August 2018, 04:10 | Regina Holmes

Margot Kidder’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

At the time, a spokesperson said that the actress passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Park County coroner Richard Wood said in a statement released today that Kidder "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose" and that no further details would be released.

Maggie McGuane told the Associate Press that she knew her mom died from suicide after she went to her mom's home on May 13, the day her mom died.

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

She says it's a unique sort of grief and pain and that she would like to reach out to every family who is suffering through a loss by suicide.

Kidder is seen with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as she arrives at the premiere showing of the film Louisiana in August 1984 in Montreal.

Margot had battled bipolar disorder and became an advocate for mental health, public in her own struggles.

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. Additional high-profile roles included her part in 1979's The Amityville Horror and 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford. She last appeared in 2017's The Neighborhood.

Kidder, originally from Yellowknife, Canada, was a political activist who was arrested in 2011 in a Washington DC protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada's oil sands. It is unknown which drugs she ingested. Now she feels that the news being out is a big relief to her, The Chicago Sun Times reported.

Kidder and other environmentalists protest outside the White House in Washington in August 2011. A friend discovered Kidder's body at her home on May 13th. She experienced a very public manic episode in April 1996 when a computer virus caused her to lose three years' worth of drafts of her autobiography. She wants to avoid any "cloud of shame".

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