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

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

The coroner in Park County, Mont. said on Wednesday that Kidder "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

Actress Margot Kidder, who died in May at the age of 69 and was best known for her iconic role in the classic 1978 "Superman" film, committed suicide a coroner's report says. The coroner didn't reveal precisely what drugs she had taken.

At the time of her death, Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines told the press that Kidder died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Livingston, a small town near Yellowstone National Park.

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.

Hollywood has been rocked by suicides this year, with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain also taking their own lives.

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

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"It's a very unique sort of grief and pain", she said.

The actress found fame starring alongside Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Kidder, originally from Yellowknife, Canada, was a political activist who was arrested in 2011 in a Washington DC protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada's oil sands. She was born to Kidder and her first husband, novelist Thomas McGuane.

In 1996, her battle with her disorder was so intense that she was briefly made homeless after a breakdown which led her to disappear for four days.

Kidder, like Carrie Fisher, was an advocate for ending the social shame surrounding mental health issues.

Five months after her manic incident, she opened up to People magazine saying she had "mood swings that could knock over a building".

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