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Reports Confirm Actress Margot Kidder Died By Suicide in May

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If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

When actress Margot Kidder died on May 13 at the age of 69, no cause was released. On Thursday, a new report from the Associated Press revealed Kidder died by suicide. Kidder was known for playing Lois Lane in the original “Superman” films in the 1970s and ’80s.

Kidder was a mental health advocate who spoke openly about living with bipolar disorder and addiction. In 2001, she received the Courage in Mental Health Award from the California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council for her work bringing awareness to mental health issues.

“It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” Maggie McGuane, Kidder’s daughter, told the Associated Press. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame.”

Suicide is common among older women. According to recent data, women between the ages 45-64 have the highest rates of suicide, which have increased 60 percent between 2000 and 2016. It’s also a leading cause of death for women in this demographic.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

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Originally published: August 9, 2018
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