Margot Kidder's daughter makes mental health appeal

Margot Kidder's Death Ruled Suicidal Overdose

Her daughter Maggie McGuane said on Wednesday that it was a "big relief" to have the truth out.

Kidder died in her sleep on May 13 from what Park County Coroner Richard Wood said in a statement was the result of "a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose". The star is survived by her 41-year-old daughter Maggie, whom she had with her first husband.

Margot had battled bipolar disorder and became an advocate for mental health, public in her own struggles. Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I've ever known. Her most recent role was in 2017 with the indie The Neighborhood.

The actress found fame starring alongside Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Canadian-born Kidder also appeared in 1975's The Great Waldo Pepper with Robert Redford and 1978's The Amityville Horror. She received a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series in 2015 for that role.

Her final years were marked by conflicts with down on their luck people she took into her home.

Kidder, a native of Yellowknife, was also a political activist who was arrested in 2011 in a Washington, D.C., protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Police records obtained by Associated Press show authorities were called to her property 40 times between August 2016 and May 2018 over reports of theft, trespassing and other disturbances.

A serious vehicle accident in 1990 left Kidder temporarily unable to work, putting her in debt.

"They are a stigma and recall times when it was thought those with a disorder were possessed by the devil", she told the Edmonton Journal. She experienced a very public manic episode in April 1996 when a computer virus caused her to lose three years' worth of drafts of her autobiography. She wants to avoid any "cloud of shame".

"The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful, punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness", she said.

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