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Michelle Williams' Family: Heath Was a Beautiful Flame

Michelle Williams' Family: Heath Was a Beautiful Flame

Michelle Williams‘ father Larry told Australia’s The Daily Telegraph that Heath Ledger‘s death has left his family broken hearted.

Mr. Williams said, “I think [poet] Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent.

“My heart goes out to everyone in his family and my family. The saddest thing is his 2-year-old daughter [Matilda] whom he just loved dearly.”

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  • Kourtney

    this is so sad.

  • Lori

    I am still in shock. I wish the best for his family and especially his daughter.

  • camila


  • ihavenolife

    I’m broken-hearted over this sad news. :(

  • m

    Paalam Heath…

  • shesamplified

    truly a heartbreaking day.

  • isabella

    He walked with grace on this earth, too soon gone. He was a beautiful, talented, sensitive soul who will be grievously missed by his many fans. My condolences to his loved ones.

  • ligi

    this is way too sad=(

    may you R.I.P heath!!!

  • khadja

    Brokeback Mountain is my favourite movie ever….followed closely by The Notebook. Two beautiful love stories. Two beautiful movies.

    My heart breaks for his family.


    Oh man , his death sucks soo bad!!! :’(

  • Amy

    This is so sad!! I always wanted Health and Michelle to reunite so they could be one happy family with Matilda :(.

  • zinia

    sad story

  • nidyzylc

    i can’t help but get teary-eyed on this one…

  • tattiiss

    omg! this is to sad

  • suzette

    i will miss him so so much
    even though i never met him
    but you know i was used to seeing him here and there
    in so many movies, i have the brokeback mountain poster on my wall and it’s just sad staring at it now

  • Miss Windjammer

    I don’t know why this has hit me so hard, but I’ve never been so upset over the passing of a stranger. He will be truly missed.

    My heart goes out to Michelle, Matilda, his friends and family, and all the fans. No one saw this coming.

  • LYB

    oh, god, whenever people mentioning his daughter, I think I might cry~
    this is just so sad…

  • ale

    this is soooooo sad :(

  • Bri

    cant believe it
    such a shame

  • keela

    Beautifully said, oh so true! This just breaks my heart over and over again :(

  • addictedtobampzs

    the poem he refers to was published in 1922 and written by Edna St. Vincent Millay…”My candle burns at both ends, It will not last the night. But ah my foes, and oh my friends, It makes a lovely light!”

  • Mummy

    He was a beautiful talent which I enjoyed watching, with immense pleasure and pride, being from the same place as him. I cannot read these without shedding a tear, even for one I would never know.

    Why is it that talent dies so young and others, well, you know!!

    I feel for his family, Michelle and his beautiful Matilda, who will always live with her father through his films, but will never, ever know him. So very sad.

    Australia mourns again…..

  • April

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

  • amber

    His daughter looks so much like him. She’s so beautiful. My prayers are with his family.

  • Ann

    I am really shocked by this tragic news. Heath Ledger had an enormous talent and his death at the age of 28 is heartbreaking. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.

  • salome

    i was really really shocked..he was so young..and was a great actor..why did he do that?! sad..

  • salome

    oh..the family said it was not a was an accident..still very very coud that happen..what a sad day!

  • BAkleeta aketch

    Im sad. My prayers to his family and especially to his daughter.
    Now I am definitely going to see The Dark Knight.

  • zoe

    :( i wouldnt believe the news when my friends told me. hope all is well with their family.

  • boo

    this is a really tragic thing. i hope hollywood won’t use his death for promotional purposes. let’s try to stop this from happening so his family can grieve.

  • Audrey

    Still can’t believe it ! It’s a shock ! My heart is crying !

  • 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

  • yoyo63

    I feel so bad for his daughter, she is going to find out something is wrong, why her daddy never come to see her again.>

  • Erik

    Прощай, Хит.

  • happy

    The poor little girl! She is too young to understand.

    I hope the paparazzi will leave Michelle alone. It’s going to be incredibly dificult for her.

    My heart goes out to his loved ones

  • kuky

    so sad:(

  • linda

    rest in peace

  • joan

    i feel very sad…

  • joan

    i feel very sad…

  • filan

    I really feel sad about this tragedy. He was one of my favourite actors. My heartfelt condolence to his family. It is so sad that his little girl whom he loved so much would never see him again. Hollywood lost a great talent.

  • Regular Poster

    Such a loss! I still remember and will always remember his wonderful performance in The Four Feathers. It is one of my favourite films and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody who hasn’t seen it yet! It is the story of a young man in Victorian England, who is an officer but refuses to go to war in Africa. His father, who is an important general, disowns him; his officer friends ostracize him and his fiancee eventually leaves him for one of them. Heath’s character follows them to Africa in secret and saves their lives. The scene where he tells his African friend (Djimon Hounsou) that he will go to prison as a prisoner to try and save one of his friends is one of my favourites and Hounsou’s reply “You are a fool … my friend” always brings tears to my eyes. Excellent!

    As I said, I wholeheartedly recommend! It’s so interesting that Heath’s high-quality movies outnumber those of many older actors in the business, though he had such a short life-span. He will no doubt remain in the history of cinema as a very bright, permanent light. Another title that comes to mind is Brokeback Mountain. So much quality in such a short time!

  • Angel

    I am so sad and my heartfelt condolences go out to Heath’s family. A beautiful and talented actor from Australia will be sadly missed from fans around the world. Heath was also one of my favourite actors.

  • carrie

    this is very sad day. I have cried alot and still feel like crying I cant believe he is gone and I will never see him staring in a new movie. He was one of the great actors of my generation and one of my favorite

  • angelina_mmm

    Heat :( we love you

  • Annika

    I cannot believe it. I just came home and saw the news. I’m devastated! How can Heath Ledger be dead? He was so young, omg.

    May Heath Ledger rest in peace.
    My condolences to his family and friends.

  • maria

    oh my god, that is so sad…

  • simona


  • Musicisourhigh

    definitely still feel a bit unbelievable

  • http://ChadMichaelMurray Angelina

    i’m so sorry… :( i love uu.. (K) :S:S

  • sweetpepper

    what does that teach you folks? simply that we enver never know when our last day will be…so make love not war, and enjoy life to the fullest…
    RIP Heath
    From a Perth fan