Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

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

Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose Coroner States That Margot Kidder's Death Was An Intentional Overdose
Stacy Diaz | 09 August, 2018, 13:26

In a statement provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Park County Coroner Richard Wood said Kidder's death earlier this year was "a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".

She was found dead at her home in Livingston, Montana, on May 13.

Her daughter Maggie McGuane, 41, told the wire service that she already knew that her mother, who had battled bipolar disorder during her lifetime, had committed suicide. She believes it is important to be open and honest about suicide and not hide it. The coroner didn't reveal precisely what drugs she had taken.

It's noted that Margot Kidder struggled with mental illness throughout much of her life, which was made worse in a vehicle accident in 1990 that left her in debt and wheelchair bound for near two years. Her most recent role was in 2017 with the indie The Neighborhood.

Initial reports of Kidder's death in May said that she died in her sleep of natural causes, as The Inquisitr reported. She wants to avoid any "cloud of shame". 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. She went on to marry actor John Heard in 1979 only to divorce six days later. You can listen to the interview below.

Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder's body, said Kidder was fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.

Maggie has worked for an animal shelter and she helped victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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.