Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Tabitha Dunn
August 9, 2018

A statement provided by the coroner to The Associated Press said that Kidder had "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose". She became paranoid and disappeared for four days until she was found in a stranger's backyard and taken to Olive View Medical Center by police.

According to TMZ, Margot Kidder, the Superman alum, died due to an intentional drug and alcohol overdose. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious.

Kidder was found dead at her home in Livingston, Montana, on May 13 at the age of 69. Aside from playing Lois Lane, she also worked on Broadway, including in "The Vagina Monologues", a show she toured with for two years. She last appeared in 2017's The Neighborhood. At the time Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said she had died peacefully in her sleep. She had been struggling with bipolar disorder for years.

Kidder struggled with mental illness much of her life, and it was made worse by a 1990 auto accident that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for nearly two years. She returned to the world of Superman in the 2000s with periodic guest appearances on Smallville. But on a trip to NY she caught the acting bug, and after school she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck. During the interview, she said that she was in bed with the flu, and her voice sounded rough and raspy.

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

In releasing the cause of death her family hoped to erase stigma around suicide and encourage others to seek help.

She also appeared in 1978's The Amityville Horror.

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

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