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Heath Ledger's Family Shares Heartache

Heath Ledger's Family Shares Heartache

Heath Ledger‘s family have written about the loss of the Hollywood actor in the Australian newspaper West Australian.

Heath’s mom, Sally: “Our darling boy, special in so many ways to all of us. You knew you were so loved. You lived life with courage and daring and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda.”

Heath’s older sister, Kate: “I can hardly breathe when I try to write this. We were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world. I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother. There will never, ever be another “Heath” and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy. I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts ‘Roast’, ever.” (Roast was her nickname for him)

Heath’s father, Kim: “My beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young . . . no more chess games mate . . . this is it, couldn’t beat you anyway! My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs and our life and times together. Your truly varied artistic skills, insatiable desire to improve and eclectic abilities set you apart from any other person on the planet . . . it had only just started for you … and for us to further enjoy. We were one, in soul and commitment. Just . . . Father and Son. I will love you forever, Dad.”

Heath’s entire family: “How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss? … You were the most amazing individual “old soul” in a young man’s body. You so loved us, as we dearly loved you. As a close knit and very private family unit we have observed you so determined yet quietly travelling in your self-styled path in life, nothing would get in your way … no mountain too tall, no river too wide. You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been privileged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination. Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken.”

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  • Stepho metho

    aw.. its so sad.. such a great loss!!! :9

  • srfsp

    I feel worse for his family than for him. They have to live without him.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Heartbreaking. May his beautiful soul be at peace. We love you Heath..if you are reading a celeb blog from heaven, please know your fans will love you forever..Ennis Del Mar..we will never quit you! Never!

  • Natalie

    He was very loved by his family, friends, and fans… But like Heath said in an interview once, he will live on through his daughter even after he is gone. He will not be forgotten & may he rest in peace.. we love you..

  • awww

    This made me cry. =’(

  • la la la la

    this was so sad to read. :(

  • Judy

    It’s heartbreaking… And what a beautiful and loving tribute they paid to their son/brother… Absolutely heartbreaking…

  • nicole

    It´s so sad, because he was very young and talented man…

  • lola

    Much better, thank you.

  • KBS

    I cannot stop crying when I read this. So heartfelt and loving. My heart goes out to his whole family. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. Makes me want to hold onto my Son really tight.


    God I feel so bad.

  • Jen

    absolutely heartbreaking…but lets face it, someday we all have to face such a tragic loss as our dearly loved ones will fade away!

  • kay

    bawling! so sad. RIP heath

  • Julia

    There is just one word: Heartbreaking

  • Steph

    It was bittersweet to read this… It was good to see how they saw him, he seemed so special, unique and a good soul. It’s a priveledge to be called an “old soul” for such a young person. Everyone who reads this can feel their sadness.

    RIP Heath.

  • salma

    omg that’s soooooooo sad i’am crying right nowwwwwwwwww that was so touching so purrrrrrrrr so beautiful
    Love ya will always love youuuuu

  • wtf


    R.I.P. Heath.

  • sasha

    So sad! It’s very touching! It made me cry! I can’t imagine having to do this anytime soon for my loved ones! R.I.P. HEATH!! I LOVE U!!

  • Wisdomkeeper

    If ONLY every family on the Planet, cherished their son and/or daughter with such amazing true love, respect, and dignity.

    I listened to (his) profound words in the various re-run interviews over the past few days, and it was very clear he was an “old soul” in a young adult body. We (old souls) are the “sensitives” walking the earth plane right now. It can be a very harsh world for us though Heath Ledger chose a professional outlet for expressing those emotions. Looking at beautiful Michelle Williams one can observe her sensitivity as well….I can imagine their little daughter will be a healing light as she walks on this planet and, trustingly, will be guided by her father from the other side of the veil.

  • jaxon

    Wow, I’ve never heard a more loving tribute from a family. Really quite amazing. No way he took his own life and hurt all these people. It must have been some freak thing, not done on purpose if his family is any indication. No way he would do that to them.

  • Luci

    heartbreaking. his father and sister’s words especially. i cannot imagine their pain…

  • pete

    how sad

  • Hannaaah

    Aww Thats So Sad

  • Patty

    Ok, here go the tears again :’( …

    If it is this hard for us fans (it is affecting me way too much, I have to say), I can’t even imagine how his dad, mom, sisters and all relatives are doing…

    God bless them and help them in this terrible time… May you be with God, Heath, thanks a lot… Good bye.


  • ina

    i cried reading it :( RIP Heath

  • J

    That moved me to tears… His father’s comment, in particular. I can’t imagine the loss they are suffering and to have to do it in public, with millions watching, is just that much worse. I hope everyone can give them and Heath the respect they deserve and quit turning a tragic situation into a gossip item. This is truly heartbreaking.

  • Vanessa

    Its so sad, no word to describe

  • Kanuck

    Such a gifted artist, I will miss his work, may he rest in peace


  • Trish

    I cried while reading this last night…..very ,very sad…my heart ache for him and his family at this difficult time.

  • marilyn

    So sad.

  • la

    Wow. I feel for his family. He was so loved and made an imprint in many peoples lives. I wish his family peace.

  • isabella

    What beautiful words you just said Wisdomkeeper! so true.

    I don’t know why his death has hit me so hard, but it has.

    He seemed to embody so much tenderness, and sensitivity and he wasn’t afraid to show that in his performances. Even his early acting scenes in the Patriot and Monster’s Ball were heart wrenching, and gave one pause to reflect and stand in awe of his acting ability. What a loss for us all.

  • me

    That is soooooooooooo sad.
    he sounded like a great guy!!!!!

  • nanda

    oh my god… i just cried… his family seems so sweet… heath was a really lucky person to have relativies like them and wherever he is I know he knows that and will always be there for matilda….

  • camila

    I think the saddest thing of all this is that he had a daughter… but Im sure michelle and his family will be there for her and will never let she forget how much he loved her and that he will be watching for her being her angel…

  • Gabby

    Well this finally broke me, I haven’t been able to cry about this tragedy yet but this did it for me. This whole accident is so sad and so unfair to him, his family, friends, fans, and especially his baby. He was just getting started and his talent was taken from the world so suddenly. Those words from his family are so touching it is easy to see how loved he still is. He was a beautiful soul with a beautiful smile, and I will never forget him and someday I’ll be able to watch his movies again without crying. I’ll miss you Heath and may you watch over and protect your family for eternity.

    RIP mate

  • OMG


  • Ha!

    They are so very lucky to have had such close, supportive and loving relationships with their son and brother. This was a lovely tribute to someone who was obviously so very important to all of them.

  • palvasha

    this why ppl should not be so selfish and think about their family before they do stupid drugs and partying and alcahole!!! these things shud be baned (alcahole and drugs). and when ppl get rich they lose contol over life and act stupidly with money. always think about ur loved one. i dnt feel sorry for him i feel sorry for his family.

  • marn

    Nothing’s been confirmed don’t judge him you have not lived his life, the drugs found in his room were prescribed from a Doctor he was ill, a chest infection possibly pneumonia, anxiety cause by insomnia & heartache wake up to yourself it hasn’t been confirmed he was on illegal drugs have some respect & above all if he was it was HIS life, HIS body HIS choice..
    His family loved him for good & bad as all familyies should unconditional love !
    Have you not experienced it?

  • amy

    That was truly moving. I felt terrible for his family before, but now that I’ve read their thoughts, my heart breaks for them. The loss of their beloved Heath will leave a huge hole in their family for all their lives. He will always be missed, there will always be those moments when they realize how different everything would be if he was still with them.
    I wish them peace and somehow Heath’s love can help them through this.

  • You/Me

    God Bless the Ledger family.
    Beautiful words from a family to their lost son and brother, it does my heart good to know they stand together and show such solid support, love and yes, grief, for Heath. There is no better way to leave this earth than knowing your family loves you so much and that they too are secure in your love for them.
    That knowledge and love will help the Ledger’s ( & Michelle Williams) through this difficult time. Between Heath’s family and Michelle I think Matilda will always know what a good, caring, loving person her father was.

  • sally

    ummm..yeah you people didn’t even know him.. Its always sad when someone dies and its even more tragic when someone dies so young..but people please. Does his family think he can read the newspaper? Why do that? Get a grip, people.

  • Dem

    So sad :’(

  • Ha!

    Sally – It’s the equivalent of a eulogy and probably therapeutic for them; everyone grieves differently. There is no reason to judge them for that. I also don’t think there is anything wrong with public a demonstration of love in this f*cked up world we’re living in. They are sharing their grief with people all over the world who were saddened by his death. Lighten up.

  • the_original_nika

    believe it or not, I cried when I read this. its so sad when children go first than their parents =(.

  • Traceylee

    I’m still shaking my head in disbelief…what a great loss!!!
    My heart goes out to his family and his beautiful little girl.
    Matilda will one day learn on how her father was a good man.

    So sad

  • Yada

    Rest in peace, Heath, you will always be remembered as a gifted actor!

  • jess0

    Wow! This made me cry too. He has such a supportive family. It is just heartbreaking.

    RIP Heath

  • Holly golightly

    What a wonderful outpouring of love. If we humans only felt a little of that towards each other, perhaps the uglinesss we see everyday would sink just a little lower in our sights.

    That they recognised he was an old soul is insightful. That they loved each other thus, a thing of beauty. Pain is old as time, and we can’t escape it, no matter how fast we run, but when it is shared in such a beautiful and poetic way, it makes the world a little brighter (even if sadder), as the presence of their beloved Heath did in his chosen field, where he could share it with others.

    Deepest condolences to Mr. Ledger’s family and thank you for letting us share your loss with your wonderful expression of love for your son.