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

Angelo Anderson
August 9, 2018

Maggie McGuane said she knew her mother died by suicide when she was brought to Kidder's Montana home in May, and that it is a big relief to have the truth out.

The Park County Coroner says Kidder's overdose was self-inflicted. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it.

It's noted that Margot Kidder struggled with mental illness throughout much of her life, which was made worse in a vehicle accident in 1990 that left her in debt and wheelchair bound for near two years. It is unknown which drugs she ingested. Her obituary at the time said simply that she passed away at her home, and does not mention her cause of death. While living in Montana, she was also an activist for progressive causes and animal rights. "She was really a blazing energy". The world mourned the loss of chef, celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer, Kate Spade this past summer as well.

McGuane urged people with mental illness to seek help. She continued to act in many movies and TV shows, most recently the 2017 film "The Neighborhood".

She told AP: "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". Additional high-profile roles included her part in 1979's The Amityville Horror and 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper, opposite Robert Redford.

A serious auto accident in 1990 left Kidder temporarily unable to work, putting her in debt. She received a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series in 2015 for that role.

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.

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