After an investigation, the cause of Superman actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide.
In a statement, Park County, Montana coroner Richard Wood said Kidder "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose."
This contradicts an earlier report by the actress' manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, who said Kidder "died peacefully in her sleep." A friend discovered Kidder's body at her home on May 13th.
Despite this tragic news, Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, is relieved the truth is now public. "It's a big relief that the truth is out there," McGuane said. "It's important to be open and honest so there's not a cloud of shame in dealing with this."
McGuane stated she knew her mother's death was a suicide when taken to the home. She also noted Montana's high suicide rate and the empathy she feels for the people there going through the same thing. "It's a very unique sort of grief and pain," she said. "Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them."
Margot Kidder rose to fame in the 1970s starring as Lois Lane alongside the late Christopher Reeve in Richard Donner's Superman. Kidder also had notable roles in the original Black Christmas and Amityville Horror. She returned to the world of Superman in the 2000s with periodic guest appearances on Smallville.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)