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Heath Ledger's Sister Disputes This Rumor About His Tragic Death

Heath Ledger's Sister Disputes This Rumor About His Tragic Death

Heath Ledger‘s sister Kate is disputing a long-standing rumor that his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight led to his tragic death.

“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” Heath told the New York Times in 2007 about filming the movie and his psychological state. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” He also described Ambien use in the publication.

Kate clarified that everything you’ve heard about his time filming The Dark Knight are just rumors.

“I was really shocked, because that was him having fun,” she said (via the Daily Beast). “Every report was coming out that he was depressed and that [the role] was taking this toll on him, and we’re going, honestly, it was the absolute opposite. It couldn’t be more wrong. He had an amazing sense of humor, and I guess maybe only his family and friends knew that, but he was having fun. He wasn’t depressed about the Joker!”

Heath was awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work on the movie. He passed away on January 22, 2008 in New York City. His cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest brought on by prescription drug intoxication.

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