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Heath Ledger's Family Responds

Heath Ledger's Family Responds

Heath Ledger’s father, Kim, just released a statement on behalf of the Ledger family in response to the Medical Examiner’s findings:

“We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today’s results put an end to speculation, but our son’s beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts. While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath‘s accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

“Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

“We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

“At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.”

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143 Responses to “Heath Ledger's Family Responds”

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  1. 1
    Yes Says:

    RIP HL :(

  2. 2
    cami Says:

    R.i.P =(

  3. 3
    ri Says:


  4. 4
    ri Says:


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    COOLNE Says:

    I dont get to understand why they put the words overdose and accidental together. U dont overdose yourself by accident.

    RIP Heath Ledger

  6. 6
    LL cool beans Says:

    Everything his family has released has been eloquent, beautiful and heartbreaking.


  7. 7
    COOLNE Says:

    LL cool beans: u are so right.


  8. 8
    salma Says:

    so touching so well put so sad so beautiful SO DEEP
    RIP heath you will always be in my heart SOOOOO SORRY
    RIP HEATH(you must be with angels nowwww)if you are watching us: I LOVE YOU

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    b Says:

    Not everyone’s a pharmacologist. We all don’t know if a two drugs together will act synergistically or have a lethal outcome.

    His family is very eloquent, my heart goes out to them. I really hope people will give them the space and privacy they deserve.

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    RachelSun Says:

    When you mix medications it is usually an accident when death occurs. People who try to kill themselves will take large doses of drugs. none of the drugs in his sytem were enough to kill him. It was the combination that kill him which means accidental. Unless he was a pharmacist or chemist he would not be aware of it. How many people really read all the warning labels and truly understand them? Unless you are a medical professional few of us do.

    RIP HL

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    Didi Says:

    an accident is something thats unintentional. so yes, you can ‘accidentally’ take a legal cocktail of drugs if you’re an idiot, like heath. he probably had to much cocaine in his system to know what he was doing. they’ll never admit that though cos its a classic hollywood whitewash. the medical examiner was probably heavily bribed.

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    You/Me Says:

    I really really feel for this family, I cannot imagine going through this nor do I ever want to know. God Bless them and Heath.

    What really irks me is wtf is wrong with celebs that they don’t understand the dangers of mixing prescription medication and overdosing. I mean, this is just common sense, no disrespect intended toward Heath, but seriously!!?? How many times now has this happened to HW stars and yet apparently nobody learns from it?!

    I understand Heath’s father remarking on the “hidden dangers” of mixing prescribed medications but in all honesty I don’t think the dangers are hidden… I said, common sense. This was a careless death and should not have happened. I don’t think Heath did it on purpose but he could and should have been more careful. People need to pay attention…..especially HW so it seems.

    In any case, Kim’s words are beautiful and the situation is tragic. I pray that his family is able to pull through this together and able to smile at his memories without tears of sorrow. Heath was a great one. :-(

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    Didi Says:

    medical labels are for the public and are easy to understand unless youre an idiot…like heath. thats why they tell you to read the instructions carefully (or s-l-o-w-l-y if you’re an eejit) and not to do a ‘tom cruise bartender’ job and starting mixing cocktails up.

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    You/Me Says:

    RachelSun @ 02/06/2008 at 11:52 am

    You are right. But doctors ALWAYS ask if you are taking any other medication before prescribing something…..for a reason. If you lie you are scr*ewed, and if you don’t know that taking more than two different prescribed medications may pose a danger then you are careless and extremely uninformed. Which in Heath’s case proved fatal.
    I don’t think he did it on purpose but he d*mn sure could have been more careful. You NEVER mix prescribed meds before asking a professional. H*ll, you aren’t even supposed to mix over the counter unless you ask a pro first!

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    KiKi Says:

    Why would it be intentional ? He has a kid, he wouldn’t try to kill himself. He loved Matilda dearly. So, for those who can’t read, it was an accident.

    Rest in peace, Heath, you were such a gifted actor, such a beautiful human being.

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    COOLNE Says:

    heath’s father words almost made me cry

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    Steph Says:

    Didi @ 02/06/2008 at 12:01 pm
    Your reasonings are understandable, however, your name calling is unneccessary and at best…. INSENSITIVE AND HATEFUL!

    RIP Heath

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    ace tomato Says:

    The FDA is pulling all sorts of cough/cold medicine because of accidental overdose deaths of children.

    Mixing medications is something a lot of people do with the assumption an over-the-counter medicine is benign (or it would be regulated).

    Heath Ledger is hardly the first person to take an over-the-counter medication and not realize it could be dangerous when mixed with something else he was taking. And he isn’t the first person to die from it, either.

    Calling him an idiot for it is cruel (and a sad attempt to outrage people, apparently for the thrill of upsetting others by being rude).

    It’s sad all around.

  19. 19
    Natalie Says:

    I have a lot of respect for Heath, his family, and Michelle. They’ve kept it private.

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    jannie Says:

    The cause of death was “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine,” spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said in a statement.

    The drugs are the generic names for the painkiller OxyContin, the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Hydrocodone is a prescription painkiller.

    There you have it; a druggie, albeit a prescription one at the time. I imagine if there was another pam or lam or mine or done he would have taken it. I mean you’ve got to use everything at your disposal, right? No half measures. (I have to add that I suspect only habitual users of illegal drugs would be taking this many legal drugs at the same time; they get to the point in which taking drugs is their life).

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    xxlostGirl92xx Says:

    “Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them.”

    I think this sums up everything. A tragic loss of a wonderful actor and loving father, Heath will be missed by many.

    Rest In Peace Heath Ledger ***

  22. 22
    jannie Says:

    The idea that a druggie would be “careful” about prescription medications is nonsense. Read the label? Don’t make me laugh. These people just get as many drugs as they can get doctors to give them and then pill pop with abandon. Read the label…..sheeesh….don’t make me fall on the floor laughing.

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    joneblaze Says:

    Even weeks later its hard to accept his death.
    But those who accused him taking cocaine and other illegal drugs,and wanted to drag his name through the mud should be ashamed of themselves.

    Rebecca White who bad mouthed Heath to Inside Edition.Shows like Entertainment Tonight and The Insider,US magazine,The New York Post who tried to invent some type of conspiracy theory, who these days make deals in backrooms with siblings,relatives and former lovers to get the dirt on celebs.Instead of focusing on real entertainment stories they would rather follow around poor souls that are obviously suffering some mental breakdown.

    I praise The New York Daily News Krissy Mac,Joel McHale of the E channels The Soup,
    Scarlett Johannson,Natalie Portman,Josh Brolin,Sarah Jessica Parker,Mathew Broderick,
    Mel Gibson,Sean Penn,Jake Gyllenhaal,Naomi Campbell,Mike Myers and Access Hollywood who stood up against the aforementioned media and called and wrote to them to cease with there degrading coverage.

    [B]R.I.P HEATH[/B]

  24. 24
    Couper Says:

    KiKi @ 02/06/2008 at 12:07 pm

    Why would it be intentional ? He has a kid, he wouldn’t try to kill himself. He loved Matilda dearly. So, for those who can’t read, it was an accident.

    I feel quite bad for the whole celebrity lifestyle. I think sometimes the whole spotlight gets to some of them to the point where even if they do have kids, they still intentionally try to hurt themselves. Please note I’m not talking about Heath, just in general.

  25. 25
    nanou Says:

    ok with Steph *17

    Didi sh** up

    They found no drugs, no cocaine in his system (his analayses evidenced according to the police)

    He was clean for more than two years


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