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‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder Committed Suicide, Coroner’s Report Says — Played ‘Lois Lane’ In 1978 Classic

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Aug. 8 2018, Updated 7:01 p.m. ET

Actress Margot Kidder, who appeared in well over 100 films and TV shows, according to the Internet Movie Database, but who also battled mental health issues which she discussed openly, died on May 13 at the age of 69. Now, almost three months after Kidder’s body was found by a friend in her Livingston, Montana home, a coroner there has ruled her death a suicide.

Park County coroner Richard Wood announced on Wednesday that the actress, whose final film appearance came in the 2017 independent crime thriller The Neighborhood, “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose,” The Associated Press reported. Wood also said that he would not release any more details about Kidder’s death.

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Initial reports of Kidder’s death in May said that she died in her sleep of natural causes, as The Inquisitr reported.

Though she worked steadily as an actress over a remarkable 40-year Hollywood career, one role has defined Kidder ever since 1978, when she portrayed “Lois Lane” in the iconic 1978 Richard Donner-directed blockbuster Superman, still considered one of the greatest comic-book movie adaptations ever made. 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.

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