Margot Kidder’s death has been ruled a suicide, her daughter told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Kidder, the actress who brought Lois Lane to life in the Superman movie franchise, died on May 13, leaving her legions of fans shocked and saddened. She was 69. At the time, her manager reported that Kidder passed away peacefully in her sleep at her Montana home.
That was not the case, according to the coroner’s report. Richard Wood, the Park County coroner, said in a statement released to the AP that Kidder “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.” No other details were disclosed, but Kidder’s daughter, Maggie McGuane confirmed suicide was the cause of death. She said when authorities brought her to her mother’s home in Livingston, Montana, which is near Yellowstone National Park, she knew immediately what caused her mother’s demise.
“It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” McGuane told the AP. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”
Kidder’s body was discovered by her friend, Joan Kesich, who said that Kidder was true to herself in her final days and that the actress was always very open and forward about dealing with her demons. Kidder had struggled with bipolar disorder and was briefly homeless in the 1990s.
“In her last months, she was herself,” Kesich said. “Same kind of love, same kind of energy. The challenges that she had were very public. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious. She was really a blazing energy.”
With Kidder’s death being ruled a suicide, she is the first of three recent high-profile people who have tragically taken their own lives. Less than a month after Kidder’s death, fashion icon Kate Spade was found dead after she hanged herself in her New York City apartment. She was 55. Her husband said that she’d long struggled with depression and anxiety. A few days later, celebrity chef and TV show host Anthony Bourdain, 61, claimed his own life while on location in France shooting Parts Unknown.
McGuane, Kidder’s daughter alluded to the shame that goes along with suicide and the difficulty families of those who commit suicide experience in grieving their deaths. “It’s a very unique sort of grief and pain. Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them,” McGuane remarked to the AP.
At the time of Kidder’s death, fans flooded social media with memories of the actress, who starred in many other movies, but was best known for her role as the tireless reporter Lois Lane in the Superman films. Below, watch an iconic scene from one of those movies.
RIP Margot Kidder, seen here in one of the greatest cinematic moments of all time. pic.twitter.com/v5AFWCidar
— Adam Rackoff (@AdamRackoff) May 14, 2018
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