The New York City Medical Examiner announced today that Heath Ledger’s death was an accidental overdose. It wasn’t an excess of any one drug that killed him, but rather a combination of the prescription drugs.
Just after Heath Ledger’s untimely death, Jack Nicholson appeared in a video claiming to have warned Heath Ledger about the dangers of sleeping pills. In the video, Nicholson looks confused and isn’t sure who Heath is when first asked for a comment on his death. When told he died of an overdose, Nicholson seems to say, “I warned him.”
He’s now claiming that he was misquoted and that he actually said, “I warned them,” meaning the drug company that makes the sleeping pills. Nicholson had never met Ledger, but claims to have had an odd experience with the pills which ending in him waking up in his driveway.
Nicholson had previously spoken out about his disappointment in not being asked to reprise the role of The Joker, which Heath Ledger had just finished filming before his death, so it’s even odder that Jack had no idea who Heath was when approached by the reporters and paparazzi.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Heath Ledger’s home country, has confirmed that there will be a public memorial service in Los Angeles for the actor Heath Ledger. Ledger passed away last week in New York City, and no definite cause of death has been determined (although speculation runs rampant).
There was a private memorial held in New York City over the weekend for Ledger’s family and friends, as well as his ex-fiancee Michelle Williams. The family will also be having a funeral back home in Australia.
This week’s Entertainment Weekly has a “remembering Heath Ledger” article as their cover story, and there was even a Facebook group created to organize a memorial of wearing black on Friday, January 25th to remember the actor.
The most touching memorial I have seen so far has appeared on the WhySoSerious.com marketing site for The Dark Knight. The site has previouslybeenused to interact with fans by giving them “games from The Joker,” who is played by Ledger in the film.
The new image shows the site as it was, with the addition of a small black ribbon (seen at left). Fans can only assume this is in tribute to the actor, who was getting fantastic responses from fellow industry folks about his portrayal of The Joker.
I never met him. I thought he was beautiful. I just have a very strong feeling that I would have liked him very much as a man.
I believe many people around the world who had never met Heath Ledger, myself included, can connect with that statement. It has been hard as a fan to mourn the loss of someone you never met in person, but that you feel connected with nonetheless. It’s somehow comforting to know others feel the same way.
UPDATE: (1/28 – 8:15pm) Another Heath Ledger memorial has been brought to my attention – Warner Bros. has a tribute to Heath on their TheDarkKnight.com site.
There’s a new feature at MovieSnobs to help our readers find information about their favorite actors more easily. In the wake of the untimely death of Oscar-nominated actor Heath Ledger, we noticed that a large number of readers were finding our Heath Ledger actor page, but not the news they were looking for.
To resolve this, Mike added links to all the MovieSnobs news stories about actors to each actor page. Now if you’re looking for the latest news on your favorite actor or actress, you can visit his or her MovieSnobs actor page. You can browse all the actor pages in our archive, or search for your favorite actor in the search box on the left.
MovieSnobs will be observing a day of silence in memory of Heath Ledger. It doesn’t feel right to post new movie posters, news, and reviews in the wake of such a tragic loss for movie fans.
I personally haven’t been able to fully gather my thoughts on the death of an actor I feel I grew up with, but Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon wrote a wonderful post called A Day Later – Dealing with the Loss of Ledger that expresses the sentiments I feel.
Celebrity gossip site TMZ is reporting thatThe Dark Knight star Heath Ledger has died. He was found in bed. Prescription pill bottles were in the room. No other information has been released. We’ll have updates as they are released.
The MovieSnobs staff would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. We are fans of Ledger’s work and have been anxiously anticipating his turn as the Joker in this year’s The Dark Knight.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. (the production company behind The Dark Knight) has released a statement:
The studio is stunned and devastated by this tragic news. The entertainment community has lost an enormous talent. Heath was a brilliant actor and an exceptional person. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Rumors are flying about the circumstances surrounding Heath’s death, but the MovieSnobs staff will be holding off sharing any information with our readers until it has been confirmed out of respect for the talented young actor.
UPDATE (1/28/08): The results of the autopsy were inconclusive and more tests are being run. While the press runs with the tabloid angle on his death, fans all over the world have been memorializing Heath and his career.