Months after her unfortunate passing at the age of 69, Park County coroner Richard Wood has ruled Margot Kidder's death a suicide, and clarified that it was "a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose."
Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the Richard Donner 'Superman' films, was found dead in her Montana home back in May. At the time, her representatives claimed that she had passed peacefully in her sleep, but Kidder's daughter, Maggie McGuane, almost immediately suspected that her mother had taken her own life.
"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," McGuane said in a statement, adding that she feels a, "very unique sort of grief and pain. Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them."
In addition to acting, Kidder was also known as a leftist political activist and advocate for mental health awareness. She dealt very publicly with a series of physical ailments over the years, and famously disappeared for four days in 1996 when she suffered a manic episode after losing three years-worth of her written work.
Kidder's family issued a further official statement, urging those who have suicidal thoughts to seek help from a mental health professional.