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Heath Ledger’s Death Is Accidental
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Heath Ledger’s Death Is Accidental

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Actor HEATH LEDGER was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, the New York Medical Examiner has ruled.

An autopsy into the star’s death in January (08) failed to establish the cause of his death, but an overdose was suspected because a number of prescription medicines were found in his Manhattan apartment.

Toxicology test results released on Wednesday (06Feb08) established six different drugs were found in the actor’s system – including painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills and antihistamines – when he died.

A statement from the Medical Examiner reads, “Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.

“We have concluded that the manner of death is accident, resulting from the abuse of prescription medications.”

Ledger – who was found dead on 22 January (08), aged 28 – is expected to be buried at his family’s plot in Karrakatta Cemetery in his native Perth, Australia.

A private funeral will reportedly be held on Saturday (09Feb08) with his ex-fiancee Michelle Williams and their two-year-old daughter Matilda in attendance.

(IG/WN/MT)

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LEDGER FAMILY ISSUE ‘CAUSE OF DEATH’ STATEMENT

HEATH LEDGER’s family have released a statement following the announcement the actor died from an accidental drug overdose.

Following weeks of speculation about the cause of the 28-year-old’s death at his New York apartment on 22 January (08), toxicology tests have revealed he was killed by the combination of six prescription medicines in his system.

In the statement – issued just minutes after the medical examiner’s findings were made public – the Ledger family call for an end to speculation, and warn others of the dangers of prescription drugs.

It reads, “We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today’s results put an end to speculation, but our son’s beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

“While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath’s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

“Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

“We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

“At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.”

The Brokeback Mountain star is expected to be buried at his family’s plot in Karrakatta Cemetery in his native Perth, Australia.

A private funeral will reportedly be held on Saturday (09Feb08) with his ex-fiancee Michelle Williams and their two-year-old daughter Matilda in attendance.

(IG/WN/MT)

Comment(2)

  1. Kristen wrote: I never doubted for a second that it was accidental. People were saying he tried to kill himself but dude he had a 2 year old gorgeous little girl, he had her name tattooed on her and no, he wouldnt do that.

    I wish the best for his family.

  2. Alexa wrote: I would never had thought he would have tried to kill himself..it’s so sad..when you think of accidental..

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