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

Danny Woods
August 9, 2018

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.

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 coroner did not specify which drugs she took, TMZ reported.

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.

Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and eventually suffered a public nervous breakdown in 1996 after facing several career setbacks in the early 1990s, including a auto crash which resulted in her being paralyzed for two years.

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

Hollywood has been rocked by suicides this year, with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain also taking their own lives.

A serious auto accident in 1990 left Kidder temporarily unable to work, putting her in debt.

McGuane noted that Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and she urged people with mental illness to seek help. She wants to avoid any "cloud of shame".

Her most-publicized mental health episode came in 1996 when she disappeared for four days, according to Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper, living among the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles until she was found by a homeowner in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, who found the celebrity actress cowering in her backyard. Her most recent role was in 2017 with the indie The Neighborhood.

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