Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Park County Coroner Richard Wood said Kidder's death earlier this year was "a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

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

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. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious.

At the time of her passing, Margot Kidder's cause of death was not revealed, as her manager only offered that she had died peacefully in her sleep.

Kidder, who played opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in the classic superhero movie, was found dead by a friend in her Montana home on May 13. She had been struggling with bipolar disorder for years. Since the 2000s, her acting career had picked back up again and she was starring on Smallville, Brothers and Sisters, the L Word, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, and she was appearing on Broadway. During the interview, she said that she was in bed with the flu, and her voice sounded rough and raspy.

Maggie McGuane was Kidder's only daughter.

McGuane noted that Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and she urged people with mental illness to seek help.

Maggie has worked for an animal shelter and she helped victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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.

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