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Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose

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Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

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.

A joint statement from the coroner's office and her family urged "those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction and/or suicidal thoughts to seek appropriate counselling and treatment".

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. At the time Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said she had died peacefully in her sleep. While living in Montana, she was also an activist for progressive causes and animal rights. Additionally, ambulances were called to Kidder's home five times in seven months, including at the time of her death.

"It's a big relief that the truth is out there", she said.

Now, the Associated Press reports that a statement released Wednesday by Park County coroner Richard Wood reveals that Kidder "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

"It's important to be open and honest so there's not a cloud of shame in dealing with this", she continued. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious.

"The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful, punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness", she said.

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.

Kidder struggled with mental illness for a big chunk of her life, with events getting worse following a auto accident in 1990 that left her in debt and led her to using a wheelchair. Kidder also appeared on the Smallville TV series, and she most recently appeared on The Neighborhood as Maggie.

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