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‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder’s Cause of Death Released

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Adrian Cunningham | 09 August, 2018, 07:11

Maggie McGuane told the Associate Press that she knew her mom died from suicide after she went to her mom's home on May 13, the day her mom died.

According to TMZ, Margot Kidder, the Superman alum, died due to an intentional drug and alcohol overdose.

But now her daughter, Maggie McGuane, has revealed that her mom committed suicide. McGuane, an only child, noted that Montana has one of the highest suicide rates, adding, "It's important to be open and honest so there's not a cloud of shame in dealing with this".

Kidder dealt with mental illness for much of her life, while a 1990 auto accident left her in debt and needing a wheelchair for nearly two years. It is unknown which drugs she ingested. A cause of death was not originally reported, but Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said at the time that she had passed away peacefully in her sleep.

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Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane in "Superman" with Christopher Reeve, died on Sunday in her Livingston, Montana home. The world mourned the loss of chef, celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer, Kate Spade this past summer as well.

McGuane, who could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night, told the AP that she urged people with mental illness to seek help. Her film "Robber's Roost" was in pre-production, and the final film she worked on was 2017's "The Neighborhood".

Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said Kidder was fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences. Kidder also had notable roles in the original Black Christmas and Amityville Horror.

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