The cause of death for Margot Kidder, best known for portraying Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie opposite Christopher Reeve, has been revealed. Her brave daughter decided to tell the truth about her mother in hopes that it will help others battling mental illness.
On Wednesday, coroner Richard Wood of Montana’s Park County Coroner’s office confirmed to the Associated Press that Kidder’s death was “a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.”
The beautiful actress died on May 13 at her home in Livingston, Montana. She was 69.
After Kidder’s cause of death was revealed, the star’s only daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the AP, “It’s a big relief that the truth is out there. It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”
Kidder’s struggle with bipolar disorder, which became highly publicized after a 1996 manic episode left her homeless for a short time.
After receiving treatment, Kidder went on to become a lifelong advocate for mental health awareness.