The official cause of death for actress Margot Kidder has been revealed as a suicide. Kidder’s body was found in her Livingston, Montana home on May 13. The Park County coroner Richard Wood confirmed to the ‘Associated Press’ that the actress died from an intentional drug overdose. The actress was 69, and openly talked about her struggles with bipolar and other mental health issues. Kidder had a highly publicized bipolar episode in 1996, she became homeless for a short time after the episode. The actress was born in Canada and held duel citizenship.
Kidder had one child a daughter, Maggie McGuane from her two year marriage to writer Thomas McGuane. Maggie told the ‘AP’ that she was revealed that her mother’s cause of death was made public. She explained, “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 talked about her struggles after the bipolar incident in 1996. She said she was diagnosed in LA by a psychiatrist in 1988, but she refused to take the prescribed medication lithium. When she finally agreed to take the medication she was better able to control her disorder she said.
Kidder talked about mental health for the rest of her life, and was an advocate for more open dialogue and more help. Kidder had been acting for several years before her breakout rule in ‘Superman’ in 1978 opposite Christopher Reeve. She would go on to play the role of ‘Lois Lane’ in three sequels of the movie. She also starred in the 1979 horror film ‘Amityville Horror’ as Kathy Lutz. Kidder was also married to actor John Heard of ‘Home Alone’ fame for one year from 1979 to 1980. Her third and last husband was to French movie director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984.