'Superman' actress Margot Kidder death ruled a suicide, daughter says "it's a relief" as the truth is out

With reports confirming suicide, the 'Superman' actress now joins a list of A-listers who tragically took their own lives this year.

                            'Superman' actress Margot Kidder death ruled a suicide, daughter says "it's a relief" as the truth is out
Margot Kidder (Source:Getty Images)

Superman actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled as a suicide from an overdose. The news comes in the light of the latest statement released by The Park County Coroner's office, stating that the 69-year-old actress “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose”. Asides from this, no further details would be released in relation to the actress' death. The tragic news about Kidder, best known for starring as Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve’s Superman between 1978 and 1987, had first surfaced in May this year. At the time, reports had claimed that a friend found her at her Montana home on May 13. Following which, Kidder’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines had released a statement that the actress died peacefully in her sleep. 

With recent reports suggesting otherwise, the actress now sadly joins a list of other A-listers who tragically took their own lives this year, including celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain and popular fashion designer Kate Spade. On the heels of latest reports confirming that the actress died of a self-inflicted overdose, Kidder's daughter Maggie McGuane has opened up suggesting that she knew her mother committed suicide. 

However,  Maggie - daughter from Kidder's previous marriage to Thomas McGuane - is relieved that the truth about her mother's death is finally out, as reported by The Associated Press. “It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” Maggie was quoted as saying. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.” Speaking about her mother's untimely passing, she also touched base with the rate of suicides in Montana and Kidder's personal struggles with mental illness. "It’s a very unique sort of grief and pain. Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them,” Maggie added. 

During the span of her illustrated career, Kidder had starred in at least four Superman movies, asides from her other noteworthy appearances like “The Great Waldo Pepper”, “Sisters”, and  “The Amityville Horror”. In 2015, the actress also bagged an Emmy for her role in 'R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour'.

Although her final years were marred by conflicting reports, the actress was never shy of talking about her life and career candidly.  "I am an old broad now!" Kidder had said in a 2016 interview. "So I look back at this with much more amusement than I did. I don’t have a career I need to worry about protecting. My life has nothing to do with movies anymore. I live in a little town in Montana and basically do political activism."