Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Park County Coroner's office said she died "as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

Kidder's longtime friend, Joan Kesich, who found her body, called the actress and activist "fearless".

Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane - during a chat with the Associated Press - said she and the rest of their family wanted to be honest about her death to avoid the "cloud of shame". She became paranoid and disappeared for four days until she was found in a stranger's backyard and taken to Olive View Medical Center by police.

She continued to act in her later years but her popularity waned after she suffered a highly publicised mental breakdown in 1996. Her most recent role was in 2017 with the indie The Neighborhood. At the time, a spokesperson said that the actress passed away peacefully in her sleep. Now she feels that the news being out is a big relief to her, The Chicago Sun Times reported. Since the 2000s, her acting career had picked back up again and she was starring on Smallville, Brothers and Sisters, the L Word, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, and she was appearing on Broadway. But on a trip to NY she caught the acting bug, and after school she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck.

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Kidder was working until just prior to her death. Maggie was born on October 28, 1976. She also noted Montana's high suicide rate and the empathy she feels for the people there going through the same thing. She still helps lost animals and other causes that she's passionate about.

She told AP: "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain".

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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