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

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

TMZ reports that the Park County Coroner claims she had taken drugs and alcohol as a way of ending her life prematurely.

The death of Margot Kidder, who famously played Lois Lane in the "Superman" movies of the 1970s and '80s, has been ruled a suicide. The Coroner has not specified what drugs she took.

Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane - during a chat with the Associated Press - said she and the rest of their family wanted to be honest about her death to avoid the "cloud of shame".

Kidder struggled with mental illness much of her life, and it was made worse by a 1990 vehicle accident that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for nearly two years.

Back in May, the 69-year-old actress was found dead in her Montana home and her rep at the time claimed that the Superman star had passed peacefully in her sleep.

The rumors that she had died from flu complications began because of her phone interview with The Drew and Mike Show in Detroit, just four days before she died.

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McGuane, who could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday night, told the AP that she urged people with mental illness to seek help.

McGuane continued, "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain".

According to IMDB, Kidder had two projects in pre-production at the time of her passing.

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

In addition to her role as Lois Lane in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV (1987), Margot Kidder is known for the original The Amityville Horror, Boston Common, Shell Game and a slew of other works.

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, the actress became an activist for mental health issues as well as a champion of left-wing causes.

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