Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

The entertainment site quoted the Park County Coroner as saying that Kidder died from an intentional drug and alcohol overdose.

The Park County Coroner says Kidder's overdose was self-inflicted.

When Margot Kidder passed away at the age of 69 in mid-May, her cause of death wasn't immediately known. The Canadian-born actress had always been open about drug and alcohol addictions, which she said partially triggered her very public breakdown in 1996.

Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, told the publication on Wednesday that she knew her mother had died by suicide when she went to her home in Livingston, Mont.

In 1996, she was briefly homeless during her struggle and she became a very public advocate for mental health.

"It's important to be open and honest so there's not a cloud of shame in dealing with this", she continued.

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Kidder was married to novelist Thomas McGuane with whom she had a daughter, Maggie.

In what was an obvious reference to the Superman movies, Kidder made a cameo in Smallville along with the series' stars Michael Rosenbaum and Allison Mack. She also noted Montana's high suicide rate and the empathy she feels for the people there going through the same thing.

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".

Kidder struggled with mental illness for a big chunk of her life, with events getting worse following a vehicle accident in 1990 that left her in debt and led her to using a wheelchair. Her film "Robber's Roost" was in pre-production, and the final film she worked on was 2017's "The Neighborhood".

Kidder was working until just prior to her death.

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.

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