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

10 August 2018
'Superman' star Margot Kidder died from 'self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose'

Superman actress Margot Kidder's death was suicide - caused by a "self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose", a coroner has said.

When Margot Kidder died in May, she was remembered as the actress who brought the fictional reporter Lois Lane to life in a series of blockbuster Superman movies in the 1970s and '80s. The Coroner has not specified what drugs she took.

Maggie McGuane, the Superman actress' daughter by ex-husband Thomas McGuane, said that it is "a big relief that the truth is out there" in an interview with the Associated Press.

Kidder said at the time she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder eight years earlier, but refused to take the lithium that was prescribed to her.

Kidder's death is one of several high-profile suicides this year that include celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade. While living in Montana, she was also an activist for progressive causes and animal rights.

Born Margaret Ruth Kidder on October 17, 1948 in Canada's Northwest Territories, she grew up in a small town without a movie theatre.

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.

"It's a very unique sort of grief and pain", she said. Her film "Robber's Roost" was in pre-production, and the final film she worked on was 2017's "The Neighborhood". "Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them".

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

If you or someone you know needs help call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.