According to The Hollywood Reporter, Margot Kidder’s death has officially been ruled as a suicide.
Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the Superman films in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Sunday, May 13 at the age of 69. A cause of death was not originally reported, but Kidder’s manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said at the time that she had passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Park County coroner Richard Wood said in a statement released today that Kidder “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose” and that no further details would be released.
Maggie McGuane, Kidder’s daughter by her ex-husband Thomas McGuane, told the Associated Press in a phone interview that she knew her mother died by suicide the moment authorities took her to Kidder’s home in Livingston, a small town near Yellowstone National Park.
“It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” she said. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”
Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder’s body, spoke to Margot’s battle with mental health issues, saying she was fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.
“In her last months, she was herself – same kind of love, same kind of energy,” Kesich said. “The challenges that she had were very public. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious. She was really a blazing energy.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter