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Heath Ledger Remembered @ G'Day Australia

Heath Ledger Remembered @ G'Day Australia

Heath Ledger was remembered at the G’Day USA: Australia Week 2008 black tie gala at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria on Saturday.

Australia’s consul-general in New York John Olsen read a letter written by Heath‘s father, Kim Ledger.

The unexpected letter choked up the 1,000 guests inside the grand ballroom. Tears flowed as the letter was read:

Heath is, and always will be, an Australian. He adored his home. His last two weeks with us over Christmas in Perth were just bliss. Heath did not become an actor for the fame or fortune. He loved his craft and he loved helping his friends. He loved chess and skateboarding too. My image of Heath in New York is him with his skateboard, a canvas bag and his beanie. That was Heath to me.”

A minute’s silence was held in Heath‘s honor after the speech was read.

Beautiful.

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  • Suzie

    Aw…that’s so sweet.

    R.I.P. Heath.

  • Couper

    That’s so sweet…

  • nina

    It’s good he’s being remembered.
    R.I.P Heath.
    You will never be forgotten love.

  • melissa Trivino

    R.I.P Heath

    You will forever be in our hearts… I will deeply cherish your movies…You were such a great actor filled with amazing talent. Thank you for your movies!!

  • Jesse fan

    What a loss.

  • missouri girl

    I always wanted Heath and Jen Aniston to hook up…he’s the next best thing to Brad Pitt.

  • dimi

    the best Metteur en scene realisateur acteur de un spectacle VIVAnt
    il etait parfait !
    Unique !recordman

  • angiefan

    RIP Heath. You will be greatly missed.

  • clive

    Sweet

  • becky

    Aww..that was a beautiful speech.
    r.i.p heath. ;[

  • Karren

    R.I.P
    you’ll be remembered

  • bruisedlee

    Heath was probably supposed to be there.
    And now his dad had to fill in for him :(
    I wasn’t that big of a fan, but I so miss Heath already.
    What a tragic, tragic loss.

  • alexia

    r.i.p heath

  • Maria

    Such a great talent.

    R.I.P. Heath

  • Alison

    What a lovely message. He certainly was cherished by his family as well as his many fans and will never be forgotten.

  • Lacey

    Everytime i watch brokeback mountain, I will think of you. RIP :(

  • Nicole m

    Oh Heath. Why?

  • ina

    rip heath

  • hanane

    miskine

  • Zanessa rules

    R.I.P Heath . You re loved =]

  • agathi

    YOU RE LOVED BY EVERYONE AND THAS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT IN LIFE…I WISH WE COULD RETURN TIME BACK SO WE HAD HAVE YOU AMONG US..:(

  • gunshy007

    When we lost Heath we lost one of the great ones. I am truly heartbroken over his death.

  • alx

    #19 apart from being a disrespectful retard you also have bad taste in music. Go advertise somewhere else. Idiot.

  • Oye

    May he rest in peace and may his family and friends grieve the man they loved in peace.

  • Oye

    May he rest in peace and may his family and friends grieve the man they loved in peace.

  • nina

    Me and my boyfriend woke up totally hung over, and I twisted his arm into watching Brokeback Mountain with me. At the very end I just started to cry uncontrollably.. He was so talented, it is such a loss….

  • Heath my love

    His words broke my heart all over again, that’s exactly how I always thought of Heath, that’s why I love him so much. Sweet dreams, Heath! :’(

  • SillyImp

    It’s too bad that Heath didn’t get this kind of warm and loving attention when he was alive. Maybe he would still be alive had some people reached out to really help him. In recent months, his erratic behavior should have been enough for someone, either his family or his friends, to intervene. He most certainly didn’t need any so-called healthcare provider (doctor) to prescribe more medication.

    It’s too bad that such a young talent is wasted.

  • DEnisse

    rest in peace!

    U’ll always be in my heart! God Bless you!

  • soph

    r.i.p Heath

    i miss you =[

  • KRUNG KRUNG

    i’m confused, so Ledger’s body is still here in the US? i thought they had already flown it in Australia saturday but i guess not yet.

    love you Heath.

  • kel

    I also have to ask why Heath, why? You were so young and talented and you had a little girl…

    RIP

  • lu

    that’s so sweet.

    it’s good that people are remembering him for who he REALLY was. Not who he dates, who he was seen with, and his struggle with addiction.

    R.I.P Heath, everyone misses you!

  • smdwh

    I can’t get over his untimely death

  • Nikki

    Never mind “Would have been one of the greats”. He most definately was one of the greats. Its going to be really weird watching him playing the joker in Batman knowing he is never going to get to see it

  • lola

    I’m so sad about Heath. May he rest in peace.

    –read my blog at http://fashionpoirot.blogspot.com

  • SweetykaT

    I just want to say that I really don’t like how his family continues to release statement after statement about their son and brother. I know that Mr. Ledger was a celebrity and they feel somewhat obligated to share his death with the public the same way they shared his life. However, IMO, death is a private, personal, and very painful situation. The fans and most of the media did not know him personally.

    In late 2006, I lost my mother-in-law, my brother, and my father within 3 months. I could never see myself talking to strangers over and over again about their deaths if they had been famous. I can understand his family releasing one statement to all the networks and being done with it but not constantly. I know that people handle death differently, but still, it’s a very private matter.

    I feel very badly for his family and I will pray for them to make it through. I don’t believe one can ever totally get over losing someone they love. It’s a daily struggle, but with time, it get’s a little easier. I totally understand how his sister? feels. He has a sister, right? There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about each one of the loved ones that I lost.

  • BECKY SMITH

    WHY WON’T HIS PUBLICIST COME OUT AND SAY THAT HE IS
    HOME IN AUSTRALIA; WE COME UP WITH A STORY ABOUT
    HIS EX MS WATTS ATTENDING THE FUNERAL .WHY JUST HER././
    WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER FRIENDS HE HAS IN L.A

  • BECKY SMITH

    WHY WON’T HIS PUBLICIST COME OUT AND SAY THAT HE IS
    HOME IN AUSTRALIA; WE COME UP WITH A STORY ABOUT
    HIS EX MS WATTLS ATTENDING THE FUNERAL .WHY JUST HER././
    WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER FRIENDS HE HAS IN L.A

  • shelby

    rip heath ledger!

  • a realist

    missouri girl @ 01/27/2008 at 1:27 am

    I always wanted Heath and Jen Aniston to hook up…he’s the next best thing to Brad Pitt.
    *************
    Why are people always trying to hook up men with that cold fish self-absorbed Jen Aniston.

  • Martelka

    I miss You and I never forget You!!! I wish You could be among us.
    It is so sad.
    I wasn’t a big fan of Heath but few days after his death I just still can’t accept this. It is so great, unbearable loss – not only for movie business but for all of human beings. It is so sad that such beautiful soul had to leave this world so early. Rest in peace Heath!!!

  • Patty

    Beautiful and sad… Saddest by the day :’(… Good by, Heath :’(

  • Wake-up Call!

    “Nothing is as it appears to be”….no matter his cause of death!

    If it is true he had been into drugs over the brief years of his adult life, I can see why the relationship with Michelle Williams might not have been able to flourish. Hopefully, his family will accept her as much as they do their granddaughter.

    There is nothing honorable about being an “enabler” in this life!

  • http://californiahomeschoolin.blogspot.com/ Alwayslearning

    still very sad.

  • BECKY SMITH

    WHY NOT JUST HAVE HIS GIRLFRIEND MARY KATE SHOW UP
    AND HAVE A GREAT FIGHT ~!~!

  • Jannie

    LOS ANGELES – Daniel Day-Lewis dedicated his Screen Actors Guild Award to Heath Ledger.
    Day-Lewis, who was honored Sunday as leading actor for his performance in “There Will Be Blood,” gave an acceptance speech that echoed comments he made last week about Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor whose death stunned Hollywood, on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

    “In ‘Brokeback Mountain’ he was unique, he was perfect,” Day-Lewis said. “That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I’ve ever seen.”

    ***************************************************************

    Yeah his performance in Brokeback will be up there with the greatest movie performances ever.

  • Jannie

    And shame shame shame shame on the Academy for not giving him the Oscar for his role in Brokeback. Shame, shame, shame, shame. A million shames for the stupid Academy.

  • ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

    rest in peace
    peace out

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