Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

In a statement, the Park County, Montana, coroner's office confirmed to the wire service that the actress "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

The 69-year-old actress was found dead at her home in Montana on 13 May.

Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the AP that she had known since May that her mother committed suicide.

Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said she had been fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it.

McGuane urged people with mental illness to seek help.

Canadian-born Kidder had been a mental health advocate during her life with her own struggles well-documented in the media. She reprised the high-profile role in the three more films in the franchise.

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Kidder and Reeve starred in four Superman movies between 1978 and 1987.

While no further details will be released of her suicide, McGuane added that "it's a unique sort of grief and pain and that she would like to reach out to every family who is suffering through a loss by suicide". The Canadian-born actress had always been open about drug and alcohol addictions, which she said partially triggered her very public breakdown in 1996.

"In her last months, she was herself - same kind of love, same kind of energy", Kesich said.

According to IMDB, Kidder had two projects in pre-production at the time of her passing. "The challenges that she had were very public".

Both Kidder and co-star Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts, and neither saw many major roles afterwards. "She was really a blazing energy".

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.

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