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Heath's Family: He Touched So Many People

Heath's Family: He Touched So Many People

Heath Ledger‘s father Kim released the following statement with regards to the 28-year-old actor’s tragic death Tuesday in New York:

Heath‘s family confirms 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 family’s need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately.”

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  • mar

    It’s such a loss to the movie industry & of course his lil girl.
    what a tragic death. truly one of the finest young actors of this generation.
    its sooo sad to think his little girl will never know him

  • kristin

    i love heath ledger!!!!!
    i cant believe this happened. i was in complete shock when my friend texted me about the news.
    r.i.p. LOVE

  • Nicole m

    I can’t believe it

  • zandvluver

    He was an awesome actor when I read it I was truly shocked he died… he ne of my favorite actors and may his soul rest in peace.

    We all know hes in a better place now ♥


  • ruth costello

    god bless you heath, you will be missed so much.

  • kay

    i still can’t believe he’s dead. i was crying earlier, i’m so sad for his daughter Matilda Rose. and i loved ten things i hate about you

  • Wings4Music

    Still in disbelief. Such a talented individual…


  • Savannah


  • Penelope

    Whenever I hear of a passing in the entertainment industry I can’t help but grieve in my own way, especially for this man here whom I grew to just love to see on screen and off. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    May he rest in peace

  • gwen

    This is crazy. Still don’t believe it.

  • amy

    tihs is soooo sad its werid when you see it on the news HEATH LEDGER DEAD i cant belive it it doesnt seem real at all i would of never thought that this would happen

  • Russian Girl

    i am crying again.I can’t believe it .


  • sienna

    When I first heard the family’s statement I thought I heard the word “selfish”. As the transcript shows, the word was “selfless” and I have breathed a sigh of relief that I mis-heard the word.

    Poor, poor parents. How brave they were to come out and give that statement to the media. May God comfort them and hold them close to His heart.

  • Kourtney

    I’m so distraught over this.
    I’m looking forward to what I’m sure will be a very touching memoir the Oscars will probably show of him throughout his film career.

    my thoughts go out to him and his family.


    sooo freakin sad….. R.I.P.

  • kuky

    So sad :(

  • nidyzylc

    i was still in disbelief about heath’s sudden death..i first found out when i received a txt message from my friend then i turned on my computer to see what really happened..


    my heart goes to Matilda…

  • bumblebee

    you’ve got to be kidding…

    i can’t believe this news…

    it’s totally absurb…

    heath ledger? dead?

    god bless his family and himself.

    rest in peace, heath.

    anyway, about Batman film’s, he’ll act as the Joker, right? has he finish the film?

    i just saw him some weeks ago in my TV in Brothers Grimm.

    he’s such a great actor!


  • Anon

    This has been an unreal, terrible day, Jared. Thank you for handling everything with decency and dignity. You have been very respectful. I won’t be visiting “other blogs”again for a very lonnnng time…if ever!

    Heath was SO close to his family. He was so loved. ANd he did touch a lot of people. On Larry King, they were talking about him and what a sweet, kind, good person he was. He was a very decent, loving father. He was fun. He was just dear. I will miss him. I cannot yet accept that he is gone. It seems so wrong.

  • down under

    #13 sienna

    I heard “selfish” too. Maybe they wanted to be totally truthful about what Heath was like….that amidst all his wonderful qualities was one very human quality we are all guilty of…selfishness. That is no crime.

    Another possibility is they didn’t want to describe him as a “saint” which is often happens when someone dies. No one wants to speak any ill of the dead so only the good qualities tend to get spoken about in tributes.

    One last thought…maybe in their complete and utter shock and despair they really did mean to say “selfless” but ended up saying “selfish”

    What ever is was, a beautiful family has lost a cherished loved one and is grieving deeply.
    RIP Heath

  • A

    What do you want to bet this is going to triple the amount of ticket sales for the new Batman film?

  • April

    Rest in Peace
    Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)

  • Bashoo

    I’m so sad :(
    “He Touched So Many People” …his Ennis touched me… Goodbay Heath. Rest In Peace .

  • poety

    Gosh, i woke up and saw the breaking news in FOX news… I just can’t believe that he died. He died just like that, surrounded by prescribed pills. Rest in peace Heath.. I’m sure a lot of people will pray for you.. Goodbye Heath… see u in other life :).

  • atropos

    tragic :(

    R.I.P, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger in 10 Things…)

    thoughts and prayers to your family…

  • SOLO

    first of all this is still unbelieveble !!! i still think i ll check again and i ll find thats some sort of stupid joke!!!
    i have seen the guy in couple of movies nd thought he was simply different nd brilliant !!!
    from the pictures i thought he looks strong as a person and accepting the fame as it comes….not showing off , but not hiding it either…
    second..why ppl write ALL the time R.I.P. ??? Looks so cheap…I understand the meaning,but never got the short version of it as a respect to the person… Looks like from the carttons…Im sorry guys…just my opinion…

  • April

    Heathcliff Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)

    Academy Awards
    2006 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)
    Australian Film Institute Awards
    1999 – Best Lead Actor, Two Hands (Nominated)
    2003 – Best Lead Actor, Ned Kelly (Nominated)
    2006 – Best Lead Actor, Candy (Nominated)
    2006 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)
    Golden Globe Awards
    2006 – Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)
    Independent Spirit Awards
    2008 – Robert Altman Award, I’m Not There. (Won) *shared w/ cast and crew.
    2006 – Best Male Lead, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)
    MTV Movie Awards
    2006 – Best Kiss, Brokeback Mountain (Won) *shared w/ Jake Gyllenhaal
    2002 – Best Kiss, A Knight’s Tale (Nominated) *shared w/ Shannyn Sossamon
    2002 – Best Musical Sequence A Knight’s Tale (Nominated) *shared w/ Shannyn Sossamon
    2000 – Best Musical Sequence 10 Things I Hate About You (Nominated)
    Screen Actors Guild Awards
    2006 – Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)
    2006 – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Brokeback Mountain (Nominated)

    10 Things I hate about you
    Two Hands
    The Patriot
    Monster’s Ball
    A Knights Tale
    The Four Feathers
    The Order
    Ned Kelly
    Brokeback Mountain
    The Brothers Grimm
    Lords of Dogtown
    The Dark Knight
    Tree of Life-never completed
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Pamassus-in production at time of death

  • _

    this is really sad!
    heath ledger was so talented and just so amazing at acting.
    it’s horrible to hear of his death.
    my heart goes to his daughter

  • polly

    R.I.P Heath Ledger
    May You Rest In Peace!

  • pete

    OMG it`s very sad

  • martelka

    I am shocked. It is a great loss for movie world. I watched Brookeback Mountain on this weekend and today heard such message. I can’t believe it!
    It is really so sad that such talented people are so weak that they get so addicted.

  • Agent krycek

    RIP Heath

    Completely devestated and shocked by this news, beautiful man, beautiful talent. prayers and thoughts to his family and little Matilda, nothing I can really say

  • anonymous

    i’m so shocked a so sad by this news .

  • Kimberly

    Pretty sure this is the first time I have seen each commentator agree and express nothing but kind words and broken-hearted musings.

    Too bad it always takes a tragedy to bring people together.

    But, here is one more of said expression :

    Heath -I’m so sorry. Sorry for you, your beautiful daughter and family and for the legions of fans and actors who were lucky to see you shine. May Matilda inherit your grace and kindness.

  • Danielle

    Omg!! I can’t believe that this has happend !
    He’ was my fav actor
    He was such an amazing actor and person
    He toutched so many people, i can”t believe that he’s gone
    Bless his family and friends!

  • Musicisourhigh

    one minute I’m looking at pictures from the movie he was filming looking forward to it and the next…

  • yeah

    (Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born on October 28, 2005 in New York City)

    he has a young child too

  • Daniela

    Daniela said:
    Wish there was a way to turn back the clock Heath…and stop this from happening… One of the most talented and promising actors… so many images left unseen, so many emotions left to portray. And on top of it all, you seemed to be a genuine, nice and real person..
    Like I said: wish I could turn back the clock and stop this from being true… Heath, you were unquestionably, steadily on my top 5: the chart where I place actors who win my heart – talent is the most splendorous thing… All the movies you won’t make, the maturing you won’t undergo… I wish I could still watch when we were both in our 60’s… Wish there was a way.
    For some reason, ever since I heard the shocking news, Gustavo Santaolalla’s “The Wings” from Brokeback’s soundtrack is playing in my head and won’t stop… Probably because it’s so sad, and so beautiful, and reminds me of you…
    Rest in peace, Heath.
    Weird as it may be, writing this here helps me say goodbye…
    Always up there with the greats for me Heath…
    Love always,

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  • agathi

    god bless him….his soul rest in peace…we will miss you….goodbye!

  • Cynthia

    he was an amazing person
    i’m very sad :(

  • Alyssa

    I think this is a terrible tragidy, Heath was a very talented and har working guy. I think it’s hard to see all these young people pass away this year already a couple actors have passed. I feel complete sympathy for his family. It must be awful to lose a son, when he is so young. And his poor little daughter will never have her dad to hold her, hug her, and give her guidance through life. I hope that everyone can get passed this and try to remember how his life has touched so many people. I myself am a fan of him and give my condolences to the family. Although his life was sort, im sure it was not in vain. All his fans will never forget his gift of acting and his spirit. This is such a sad time!

    R.I.P HEATH,

    love, Alyssa

  • http://CHEERSMATE sally-anne, Pork chop and stub

    Thankyou SO Much for everything Youve done done for this GREAT GREAT GREAT Man(: My Heart Is On Fire With Dismay, Goodbay Heath I Will Love You For ever, AMEN.

    SOLO…..Is Gaaahey.

  • Alice

    Omg I can’t believe that this talented and good guy is dead….I’m totally shocked…and I’m sad that he’s dead in that horrible way..too young and too much brilliant and professional…..I lost my words

  • ilaria

    My tears are rolling down my face and I wasn’t even a fan.
    Poor Matilda and his family.

  • Tricia

    RIP Heath. You will be truly missed. I heart goes out to you and your family. God bless.

  • lyla

    im sooo sad and i cant help but cry , just way to sad, i guess god takes people all the time, but we know him , kinda , so its sad

  • Micky

    Rest in Peace.
    Poor little Mathilda.: (

  • Derek

    I already miss the heck out of Heath. Matthew McConaughey and Heath Ledger are still my favorite actors of all times.

  • MOne

    it just doesn’t seem real .. unbelievble. Such a great actor with with an obviously great personality.

    It hurts, although none of us had really known him. but even the fact that Heath was such an amazing actor who touches so many people, makes it even harder.

    Rest in peace.