Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

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TMZ reports that the Park County Coroner claims she had taken drugs and alcohol as a way of ending her life prematurely.

"Superman" actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Associated Press.

The coroner did not specify what drugs she took.

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.

Kidder struggled with mental illness through a good part of her life, a situation that was made worse by a 1990 auto crash that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for nearly two years.

Kidder, who played opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in the classic superhero movie, was found dead by a friend in her Montana home on May 13. A cause of death was not originally reported, but Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said at the time that she had passed away peacefully in her sleep. In one of her final interviews, with the pop culture site Hey U Guys in 2016, Kidder said that she never anticipated the success of the Superman film and was unprepared for the instant worldwide stardom that it brought to her.

McGuane says she believes it's important to be open and honest about the suicide so there's no cloud of shame. But on a trip to NY she caught the acting bug, and after school she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck.

Kidder struggled with mental illness for a big chunk of her life, with events getting worse following a vehicle accident in 1990 that left her in debt and led her to using a wheelchair.

McGuane urged people with mental illness to seek help. "Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them".

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