Heath Ledger’s family says it wasn’t suicide

January 23rd, 2008 // 139 Comments

Heath Ledger’s family, along with Heath’s rep, are stating that Heath’s death was accidental. A spokesperson for the NYPD also stated last night there was no “obvious indication of suicide.” TMZ reports the NYPD’s current operating theory is the death was an accident. An autopsy will be conducted later today, according to the Associated Press. The following statement was issued by the family:

We, Heath’s family, confirm, the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda. He was found peacefully asleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. U.S. time.

We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their well wishes and kind thoughts at this time. Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.

He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and selfless individual who was extremely inspirational to many. Please now respect our families need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately.

The above picture was taken over the weekend on the set of Heath Ledger’s latest film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The film was being shot in London and many are speculating that Heath was suffering from jet lag when he arrived back in New York on Monday hence the prescription sleeping pills.

Before I get back to business as usual this morning, I’d like to offer my personal condolences to Heath Ledger’s family and friends. Particularly his daughter Matilda Rose. Heath was a quiet guy, but he would always speak fondly of her. He was recently quoted as saying “I feel good about dying because I feel alive through her.”

Heath Ledger 1979 – 2008.

UPDATE: The initial autopsy proved inconclusive, according to the AP.

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  1. X?

    Too many young people dying…just a week ago it was Brad Renfro also!

  2. What a pity! I love him so much after seeing his movie. He is a handsome men. I am a big beautiful women who like to be pretty casual on the date. If you are interested in me, please contact me ASAP! i waitting for you! Find me “hotharry” on bbwconnect.com…

  3. This is just so shocking. When I heard about it yesterday I was just crushed. I mean, he was so young. RIP Heath.

  4. Just Humbled

    The news of this event makes me so sad. I really enjoyed the couple of movies of Heath Ledger’s that I saw. He was a fine actor and by all accounts a decent human being. It sucks that his baby daughter will never know her daddy.

    Anyone who can bash such a person is beneath contempt.

    My condolences to his family, his daughter and Michelle.

    R.I.P. Heath. You are missed already.

  5. deaconjones

    @39

    Get off your soapbox you hairy cunt

    Guys, I guarantee she’s over 250 and wears sweatpants in August

  6. !!!

    He was a great Brooklynite, and though I never knew him he was always spoken of kindly by my friends who knew him personally.

  7. Cap'n Pickles

    Didn’t know the guy personally, so I don’t care. Probably just some stupid accident. Dumb fucker probably didn’t count his pills. You know what isn’t an accident? Those poor American Soldiers getting butchered in Iraq.

    That is all on this dude.

  8. ella

    thanks for such a lovely post. it feels like such a strange day, and how his family must be feeling i can’t imagine.
    what makes me sadder is that there a few people here who are still cynical enough to say they don’t care that another rich actor died etc. and “boohoo” – it’s not about how much money or fame they had, it’s about a human life gone and a child left without a father, and the child having to grow up knowing that she never got to know him, while thousands of strangers got to really hear and see what he had to say while he was alive. she’s too young to have conscious memories of his personality and it will seem so unfair that we did get to see some of his character while he was actually here. she will only get to look at footage and be told about him.
    and #2 i totally agree. that pastor is sick. why do people like him get to live and spread their poison but people with something to offer have to die?

  9. Necromanson

    Good post regarding a depressing turn of events.

    Why is that crazy church in Texas picketing Heath’s funeral? I thought they only hated gay people, and as far as I know, Heath wasn’t gay.

    Those bastards at the Westboro church have been arrested before for picketing funerals, hopefully they show them no mercy this time. Lock them all up, the world would be better without them.

  10. @58

    At least she has footage. Those dead soldiers kids might only have a snapshot. Just a thought.

    I also totally agree with you on that pastor.

  11. Shallow Val

    39 – mimi. FAT girls name.

  12. Anonymous

    Hey sweetharry:

    You really are a prick to use someones death to promote your fucking identity stealing websites. It’s YOU that should have died.

    Hi there, I’m a loser with no life. I’m paid $3.50 per hour to post idiotic drivel, directing you to some lame dating website that takes your money and gives you nothing in return. I have no job, so I sit around all day and post this garbage on as many websites as I can under many different aliases. I don’t have any friends, so I must rely on these moronic posts to make myself feel better about myself. My mother hates me and dropped me on my head as a child. You can find me at I’mAnIdiotTrollWithNoLifeAndShouldBeKilled.com
    I heard Jamie Lynn Spears met her older man, I mean match, at this site.

    Richromances.com and all those other fucking dating sites that get spammed around here are all registered to this asshole. Du Qiang ecomfun@aol.com 800 West El Camino Real, #180 Mountain View, California 94040 United States 650-906-0405

  13. fergernauster

    Picketing @ a funeral? Those backward Baptists can kiss my pimpled crack.

    God did/does not hate homosexuals. He loves and accepts all. Ignorant men did/do all the condemning.

    Sodomy was quite the faux-pas in biblical times, remember, kidz. When the bible was writ – by men – it merely reflected sociological norms at the time.

    Why… is… this… so… hard… to… comprehend?

    (TCLTC.)

  14. e

    i also always come here for your refreshingly tactless and wiener-centric posts, fish, but it truly was nice to see you honor him with your words. i wasn’t even a huge heath ledger fan, but it really does make me sad to see someone so young and talented die – and by accident, too.

    also, good move by not getting sucked into the minute-by-minute rumor mill that was going on over at TMZ yesterday afternoon and instead putting out a clean, concise post on the matter.

  15. e

    i also always come here for your refreshingly tactless and wiener-centric posts, fish, but it truly was nice to see you honor him with your words. i wasn’t even a huge heath ledger fan, but it really does make me sad to see someone so young and talented die – and by accident, too.

    also, good move by not getting sucked into the minute-by-minute rumor mill that was going on over at TMZ yesterday afternoon and instead putting out a clean, concise post on the matter.

  16. Anonymous

    Hey #45:

    Have you spoken with the aliens yet?

    Can you say “Jonestown”??

  17. fergernauster

    I’d be far more inclined to picket/boycott the electronic toilet paper that is “TMZ” than someone’s funeral.

  18. Anonymous

    Hey #42:

    You’re a fucking nutjob like your mentor Tom Cruise and his robot wife.

    Can you say “Jonestown”??

  19. Too bad … I actually liked him as an actor … kinda like a modern Johnny Depp

  20. Anonymous

    Hey celeb:

    You’re a scumbag to use someone’s death to promote your identity stealing websites. It’s YOU that should have died. Fuck off.

    Hi there, I’m a loser with no life. I’m paid $3.50 per hour to post idiotic drivel, directing you to some lame dating website that takes your money and gives you nothing in return. I have no job, so I sit around all day and post this garbage on as many websites as I can under many different aliases. I don’t have any friends, so I must rely on these moronic posts to make myself feel better about myself. My mother hates me and dropped me on my head as a child. You can find me at I’mAnIdiotTrollWithNoLifeAndShouldBeKilled.com
    I heard Jamie Lynn Spears met her older man, I mean match, at this site.

    Richromances.com and all those other fucking dating sites that get spammed around here are all registered to this asshole. Du Qiang ecomfun@aol.com 800 West El Camino Real, #180 Mountain View, California 94040 United States 650-906-0405

  21. D. Richards (Fucker!)

    I just saw on CNN that the coroner found a vile of plutonium lodged in Heath’s rectum!

    Could it be Ledger was a double-agent, secretly working for both the former Soviet Union, and the United States?

    The coroner also said that Heath ‘showed a remarkable amount of estrogen in his testicles’, as well.

  22. grits2005

    IM PULLING THE BULLSHIT CARD OUT ON THIS ONE. IM SO SICK OF HEARING ACTORS AND ACTRESSES IN THERE 20′S WHO ACCIDENTALLY OVERDOSED. THATS A LOAD OF CRAP. IF YOU TAKE MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED DOSE WHICH IS ALWATS WRITTEN ON THE DAMN BOTTLE THEN ITS NOT AN ACCIDENT UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

  23. grits2005

    59 THEY ARE NOT FROM TEXAS THEY ARE FROM KANSAS. THEY HAVE A WEB SITE TOO ITS GODHATESFAGS.COM AND IM NOT KIDDING ITS A REAL SITE. THEY PICKET MOSTLY MILITARY FUNERALS. I KNOW BECAUSE IM A MARINE WIFE AND THEY CAME TO QUANTICO VA WHEN WE WERE STATIONED THERE.

  24. #71 What??? You HAVE to take more than the reccommended dose for stuff to work. Do you think HALF a xanax is going to keep me from killing people in the parking lot?? No…which is why I take a whole. God, get a grip!!

  25. #72 that is, god it was 71 a second ago…fricken site..

    Oh, but 71? do you mean vial or vile?

  26. Michelle

    Shame on you people who are using this man’s death to spread your pathetic hate.

    @ #18 You should be truely ashamed of yourself. So what is Matilda “will never have to work if she doesn’t want”. She’ll be growing up without a father. Do you have ANY idea what that’s like? Money has NOTHING to do with that.

  27. zsa

    I think it’s sad that you guys are making fun of this. Death is sad, whether it is an actor or someone in our everyday life. It’s especially sad because he seemed like a really nice guy, was very talented, and had a young daughter. I just can’t wrap my mind around it.

    zsa

  28. D. Richards (Vial.)

    I meant ‘vile’. Yeah, it’s absolutely vile what that plutonium did to Heath’s poor body.

    No, I meant ‘bile’. It’s absolutely bile what that plutonium did to Heath’s poor body.

    No, wait! I meant, ‘Lyle Lovett’. It’s absolutely Lyle Lovett what that plutonium did to Heath’s poor body.

  29. zsa

    Good God, you guys have a problem with the fact that Matilda might never have to work?? Do you know how many people, young people, will never have to work because their family has money? It isn’t rare in this country, and certainly not her fault. She’s just two years old for God’s sake, she didn’t choose her parents. I’m certain she’d trade money to have known her father long enough to remember him. You guys should truly be ashamed of yourselves.

    zsa

  30. Dick Richards

    Oh, yeah and Frist, don’t you ever call me out again.

    Or I’ll be forced to tell everybody what your real age is (elderly).

  31. Cholula

    How the fuck does his family know if it was suicide or not? Successful suicides don’t go around tellling the entire fucking world I’m going to go kill myself……
    And this entire autopsy report……was there A LOT of drugs in his system or was there not a lot of drugs in his system…just ones that didn’t mix well? Jesus, you don’t have to be Quincy M.E. to figure that out.

  32. Stephen

    I’ll miss Heath. He seemed like the brother I never had. I loved him in all his movies, but especially Brokeback. I can’t believe how mean and harsh and rumor-mongering people are being, after he died tragically. But I’m ignoring that, and offering this elegy instead:

    I like big butts and I cannot lie
    You other brothers can’t deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round thing in your face
    You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
    ‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
    Deep in the jeans she’s wearing
    I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring
    Oh baby, I wanna get wit’cha
    And take your picture
    My homeboys tried to warn me
    But with that butt you got makes me feel so horny
    Ooh, Rump-o’-smooth-skin
    You say you wanna get in my Benz?
    Well, use me, use me
    ‘Cause you ain’t that average groupy
    I’ve seen them dancin’
    The hell with romancin’
    She’s sweat, wet,
    Got it goin’ like a turbo ‘Vette
    I’m tired of magazines
    Sayin’ flat butts are the thing
    Take the average black man and ask him that
    She gotta pack much back
    So, fellas! (Yeah!) Fellas! (Yeah!)
    Has your girlfriend got the butt? (Hell yeah!)
    Tell ‘em to shake it! (Shake it!) Shake it! (Shake it!)
    Shake that healthy butt!
    Baby got back!

    (LA face with Oakland booty)
    Baby got back!

    I like ‘em round, and big
    And when I’m throwin’ a gig
    I just can’t help myself, I’m actin’ like an animal
    Now here’s my scandal
    I wanna get you home
    And ugh, double-up, ugh, ugh
    I ain’t talkin’ bout Playboy
    ‘Cause silicone parts are made for toys
    I want ‘em real thick and juicy
    So find that juicy double
    Mix-a-Lot’s in trouble
    Beggin’ for a piece of that bubble
    So I’m lookin’ at rock videos
    Knock-kneeded bimbos walkin’ like hoes
    You can have them bimbos
    I’ll keep my women like Flo Jo
    A word to the thick soul sistas, I wanna get with ya
    I won’t cuss or hit ya
    But I gotta be straight when I say I wanna *fuck*
    Til the break of dawn
    Baby got it goin’ on
    A lot of simps won’t like this song
    ‘Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it
    And I’d rather stay and play
    ‘Cause I’m long, and I’m strong
    And I’m down to get the friction on
    So, ladies! {Yeah!} Ladies! {Yeah}
    If you wanna role in my Mercedes {Yeah!}
    Then turn around! Stick it out!
    Even white boys got to shout
    Baby got back!

    Baby got back!
    Yeah, baby … when it comes to females, Cosmo ain’t got nothin’
    to do with my selection. 36-24-36? Ha ha, only if she’s 5’3″.

    So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin’ workout tapes by Fonda
    But Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of her Honda
    My anaconda don’t want none
    Unless you’ve got buns, hun
    You can do side bends or sit-ups,
    But please don’t lose that butt
    Some brothers wanna play that “hard” role
    And tell you that the butt ain’t gold
    So they toss it and leave it
    And I pull up quick to retrieve it
    So Cosmo says you’re fat
    Well I ain’t down with that!
    ‘Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin’
    And I’m thinkin’ bout stickin’
    To the beanpole dames in the magazines:
    You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
    Give me a sista, I can’t resist her
    Red beans and rice didn’t miss her
    Some knucklehead tried to dis
    ‘Cause his girls are on my list
    He had game but he chose to hit ‘em
    And I pull up quick to get wit ‘em
    So ladies, if the butt is round,
    And you want a triple X throw down,
    Dial 1-900-MIXALOT
    And kick them nasty thoughts
    Baby got back!

    Little in the middle but she got much back.

    Little in the middle but she got much back.

    Little in the middle but she got much back.

    Little in the middle but she got much back.

  33. Karmacidal

    Wasn’t he dating Kate Hudson? At least Owen Wilson made it out alive. Barely.

  34. Skip Smith

    @79

    >>”Do you know how many people, young people, will never have to work because their family has money?”

    And do you know how many young people have lost their fathers? More than will never have to work because their family has money.

    So what makes this celebrity rug rat so special?

  35. #80 did you mean Frist, or FRIST!!!

  36. D. Richards (Hands.)

    #80. I meant ‘Fist’. As in your buttochs.

    Why am I so ass oriented today? Must be Heath Ledger.

  37. I am so glad that they set all jokes aside for this one. For some reason this one is harder then the other self destructive celebs out there. He was a promising actor and he was out of the public, this one was very very sad!
    My heart goes out to his child and his ex; this has got to be hard for his whole family.

  38. Aww, DR loves me!!!

  39. Heath's Family

    We’d also like to say that we’re truly sorry for doing such a piss-poor job of raising him. As his family – especially, his parents – we regret that he was unable to put aside drugs (heroin) and other shallow pleasures (trying to date useless shallow celebrity women) to take proper care of the child that he helped to create, through his own free will. Our hope had been to find a way to convert him, even in adulthood, into a responsible person like everybody else who has to earn a weekly paycheck and help to raise children every night. But our time ran out. Our apologies go out to his daughter and to all of you who, for reasons we cannot fathom, seem to worship him (was it the bum-piercing sensitivity and fragility he showed in that one movie? it was, wasn’t it? you know he was just acting, right? he liked drugs and sex with girls, don’t let anybody tell you he was a practicing homo like Tom Cruise).

  40. commish

    Hey zsa?

    Because this kid’s dad died now, she’ll be able to “remember” him fondly, not as the absentee, fucked up, womanizing pig he most certainly would have been as she got older.

    Dead dads = saints. Alive dads = every other weekend with a different girlfriend.

  41. jrz

    God DAMN that commish can throw down some gospel!

  42. H

    #55: “Guys, I guarantee she’s over 250 and wears sweatpants in August”

    Jesus, who’s the woman hater now? Calm yourself.

  43. BunnyButt

    Mimi, I doubt most of us are half as callous as we pretend to be on these posts. As I told Auntie Kryst, this is kind of like a role playing game – we’ve all created these characters and behave appropriately. While we may act like assholes here, most of us really do care about people in real life, and it’s hard to keep up the pretense of hard heartedness when something tragic like this happens, especially when a child is involved.

    As for the spammers who insist on using a story like this to sell your services, you make me sick. Bad enough you use this site to peddle your crap to us, but even the biggest bastard knows not to do so under a post like this. Maybe you should just hand out advertising leaflets at Heath’s funeral. Would be just as appropriate …

  44. #71 – HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

    Poor guy dead. I hear he have many spirit friends at ghostromance.com. I’ll right in too make sure he is him, but I have to dying first.

  45. #94 – Hey ghostromance:

    You’re a scumbag to use someone’s death to promote your identity stealing websites. It’s YOU that should have died. Fuck off.

    Hi there, I’m a loser with no life. I’m paid $.35 per hour to respond to idiotic drivel, directing you to some lame dating website that takes your money and gives you nothing in return. I have no job, so I sit around all day and respond to this garbage on as many websites as I can under many different aliases. I don’t have any friends, so I must rely on these moronic posts to make myself feel better about myself. My mother hates me and dropped me on my head as a child. You can find me at trollmartyr.com. I heard Jamie Lynn Spears met her older man, I mean match, at this site.

    Ghostromance.com and all those other fucking dating sites that get spammed around here are all registered to this asshole. AnitaDick@aol.com 69 Swallow My Load Road, #1 Anal View, California 94040 United States 650-I81-U812.

  46. Michelle

    Commish,

    You have NO clue as to what he WOULD HAVE done. No one does. What right do you have to judge someone on actions that they have not even taken?

    And you know there may be some truth to your statement “Dead dads = saints. Alive dads = every other weekend with a different girlfriend.” The second part should be deadbeat dads. Real fathers don’t do that shit. They father. I’ve lived this situation-lost my mother, abandoned by my father. And yes, he’s a real piece of shit, and though I’d like to romanticize my mother, I don’t. She was no saint.

  47. #96 – Hush up Michelle… you got served like a cafeteria.

  48. Michelle

    First of all, RichPort, Commish wasn’t addressing me. Second, served like a cafeteria? Yeah, ok.

    Huch up is something I tell my 5 year old. It’s a public forum and I have the right to say as I please just as you have the right to come up with lame lines.

  49. RAT

    Who’s Killing the Fag-actors.

    Heath Ledger is found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the bedroom of an apartment in New York City, a week after Brad Renfro is found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the bedroom of his apartment in Los Angeles. Both young actors gained acclaim for roles in controversial gay-themed films– Ledger in the Academy Award-nominated Brokeback Mountain, and Renfro in Apt Pupil, Bryan Singer’s Nazi movie that led to lawsuits by underage male extras who claimed they were forced into nudity. Sadly, They Die in Threes, so we await the next Marilyn Monroe-Anna Nicole style death of a young, talented male actor.

  50. commish

    #98

    I’m talking to you now, poor abandoned half orphan.

    “Real fathers don’t do that shit. They father” (sic)

    Yep, they father. As in breed. Breed with stupid people. Create little stupid people like you. Your very much alive father abandoned you and you didn’t get to spend every other weekend with a new “aunt”?

    Would you like your lunch tray shoved up your ass with ketchup or mustard?

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