Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose
09 August, 2018, 17:43 | Author: Rafael Roberts
Park County coroner Richard Wood announced on Wednesday that the actress, whose final film appearance came in the 2017 independent crime thriller The Neighborhood, "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose", The Associated Press reported.
The Park County Coroner says Kidder's overdose was self-inflicted.
As fans of the actress know, she became a huge star in the 1970's for her role as Lois Lane, the girlfriend of Clark Kent - Superman. The Canadian-born actress had always been open about drug and alcohol addictions, which she said partially triggered her very public breakdown in 1996.
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.
Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said she had been fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.
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She told AP: "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain". She also noted Montana's high suicide rate and the empathy she feels for the people there going through the same thing.
Kidder was born in Canada and spent decades acting in movies and television shows before and after Superman, including Some Kind of Hero, The L Word and Smallville.
The actress died at the age of 69 at her home in Livingston, Montana, on 13 May.
Kidder, like Carrie Fisher, was an advocate for ending the social shame surrounding mental health issues.
Both Kidder and co-star Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts, and neither saw many major roles afterwards.
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