Heath Ledger’s Life Insurance company was able to reach an agreement with his estate and finally agreed to pay out his life insurance policy. Heath’s last documents were drawn up prior to his relationship with Michelle Williams, and so they made no provision for her, or the couple’s young daughter, Matilda. Heaths family pledged to take care of Michelle and the child, and the company’s initial refusal to pay out prompted several of the late actor’s friends to start a trust for the little girl.
Since the 28-year-old actor died Jan. 22, 2008, Minnesota-based ReliaStar Life Insurance Co. had been balking (it’s an insurance company after all) on making good to Ledger’s sole heir, his 2-year-old daughter with Michelle Williams, Matilda Rose.
Even though the coroner labeled Ledger’s death an accidental prescription-drug overdose, the insurer suggested Ledger committed suicide, voiding the massive payout.
But on Wednesday, one of the estate’s attorneys, William M. Shernoff, informed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Luis A. Lavin that the two sides had hashed out an agreement. Eonline
I’m glad they were able to come to an agreement. Michelle and Matilda were obviously huge parts of Heath’s life before he passed, and I think he would have wanted them to be the beneficiaries.