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Margot Kidder played Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve in the late 70s and 80s "Superman" movies, but she fought against real demons.
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The sudden death sentence of "Superman" actress Margot Kidder in May is considered suicide

The actress brought Lois Lane to life On the big screen opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" films, "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose," Park County coroner Richard Wood said in a statement Wednesday.

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The news broke over Kidder's death after a friend found her body at the actress's home in Montana on May 13th. At that time, her manager Camilla Fluxman Pines confirmed to USA TODAY that Kidder "died peacefully in her sleep." She was 69.

Maggie McGuane, Kidder's daughter with her ex-husband Thomas McGuane, told the Associated Press that she was Immediately knew her mother died by suicide when she arrived at her home in a small town near Yellowstone National Park. 19659008] Memory of Margot Kidder: The actress who played Lois Lane in "Superman" dies at the age of 69

McGuane called today's announcement about her mother's death.

It is a great relief that the truth is out there, "she said." It is important to be open and honest, so there is no cloud of shame in dealing with it. "

Kidder's death is one of several high-profile suicides this year, including celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.

Kidder fought mental illness for a long time.

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She was aware that she had been in constant mood swings since early childhood, according to her diaries, and even tried to kill herself at the age of 14. Kidder would learn she was suffering from bipolar disorder, followed by a condition, which was characterized by "up" and "down" phases

The state followed the Canadian-born Canadians.

Kidder became between 1978 and 1987 alongside Reeves in four Superman films about the Bonafide movie star with her role as cheeky reporter Lois Lane.

She has more than 130 films, including "Black Christmas", "The Great Waldo Pepper" and "The Amityville Horror".

In 1996, she had a much-publicized manic episode, which resulted in her living on the streets for several days. Kidder eventually found himself "dirty, scared and paranoid" in the bushes of a suburban backyard in Glendale, California, after a search was launched, police said at the time. She was taken to a psychiatric hospital for observation

"It's a very unique kind of grief and pain," said Kidder's only daughter McGuane on Wednesday. "I know how many families in this state go through that, I wish I could reach each one."

Later, Kidder campaigned for mental health awareness. In 2007, she said she has not had a manic episode for eleven years and has attributed her health to alternative medicine through supplements.

Despite their struggles, Kidder continued to work. In 2015, she received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a children's series for RL Stine's The Haunting Hour.

She spent the last decades of her life in Montana and became a Liberal Democrat for political activism. including the protesting US military action in Iraq.

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

"In her last months, she was herself – the same kind of love, same kind of energy," said Kesich. "The challenges she had were very public, I want her to know that she's out there because it was glorious, she really was a blazing energy."

Friends and Fans Also Say Goodbye to Kidder:

"She was magical on screen, and she was one of the nicest, sweetest and most caring women I've ever met outside the screen." "Marks Hamill" tweeted about Kidder. "Your legacy will live on forever."

"Star Brady Bunch," Maureen McCormick, said, "I was such a fan of you when I saw you on screen as Lois Lane in Superman! I'll cherish the moment I've met you forever! Sweet dreams Margot. "

"RIP Margot Kidder," said "Mortal Kombat" co-creator Ed Boon. "She will always be THE Lois Lane for me."

Post: Associated Press and Maria Puente

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