Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

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

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

The death of Margot Kidder, who famously played Lois Lane in the "Superman" movies of the 1970s and '80s, has been ruled a suicide.

Almost three months after Margot Kidder was found dead at her home in Montana, the actress' death has been ruled a suicide by overdose.

Her obituary in the New York Times did not specify a cause of death.

Kidder's daughter said she knew her mother died by suicide the moment authorities took her to Kidder's home.

Hollywood has been rocked by suicides this year, with Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain also taking their own lives. But on Wednesday the Park County Coroner's Office in Montana, where she lived, revealed that the cause was suicide.

But Kidder had a history of mental illness. She went on to appear in small films and television shows until 2017, including an appearance on R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

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

Margot Kidder (l) as Lois Lane, and Christopher Reeve (c) as Clark Kent aka Superman in a scene from the 1978 film. Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I've ever known.

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 spoke openly about how she had wandered around Los Angeles for days during that episode, and she said in 2008 that she did not like the words "mental illness".

Five ambulances were also called in seven months. In one of her final interviews, with the pop culture site Hey U Guys in 2016, Kidder said that she never anticipated the success of the Superman film and was unprepared for the instant worldwide stardom that it brought to her. In Australia the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14.

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