Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

The cause of death is unknown.

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.

Park County Coroner Richard Wood said in a statement that Kidder died May 13 in her Livingston home "as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose". The coroner said no additional details would be released. 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".

A serious auto accident in 1990 left Kidder temporarily unable to work, putting her in debt.

Kidder is best known for playing intrepid reporter Lois Lane opposite the late Christopher Reeve in 1978's Superman. She went on to appear in small films and television shows until 2017, including an appearance on R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

Kidder is seen with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as she arrives at the premiere showing of the film Louisiana in August 1984 in Montreal. That same year, Kidder was working on her autobiography when her computer was infected by a virus causing her to lose all of her files. The Coroner has not specified what drugs she took.

Kidder dealt with mental illness for much of her life, while a 1990 vehicle accident left her in debt and needing a wheelchair for nearly two years. In 2007, she revealed she had not suffered a manic episode in 11 years and credited orthomolecular medicine.

"It's a big relief that the truth is out there", she said. But on a trip to NY she caught the acting bug, and after school she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck.

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