It looks like Heath Ledger had secretly battled drug and alcohol abuse for quite some time.
In March 2006 â€“ just weeks after the couple walked the Oscars red carpet and when daughter Matilda was only five months old â€“ Williams drove Ledger to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, California, the confidant tells Us Weekly.
Ledger refused to check in, instead swaying her with a pledge to clean up.
Even after the couple realized “they were in way over their heads,” according to a source, and split in September 2007, two sources tell Us that Williams demanded Ledger be drug-tested before his visitations with Matilda.
Oh, Heath. You’ll be missed.
January 30, 2008 at 9:09 am by Evil Beet
Police say they have no plans to question Mary-Kate Olsen in the death of Heath Ledger.
“There’s absolutely no indication investigators were going to speak to Mary-Kate Olsen,” the police commissioner said at a news conference. “They determined that they had all the info needed from witnesses who were on scene: That’s the cleaning woman, the masseuse.”
I think this is going to end up to be an open-and-shut case, kids. Heath died of a drug overdose, plain and simple and so, so sad.
January 28, 2008 at 10:55 am by Evil Beet
â€œHeâ€™s still here. Oh, yes. No one ever really dies. No one.â€
Britney Spears, when asked by the paparazzi how she felt about Heath Ledger’s death.
January 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm by Evil Beet
TMZ.com is reporting that the masseuse who found Heath made four calls to Mary-Kate Olsen before calling 911.
The total time elapsed between the first call and her actually calling someone who could help? Nine minutes.
WTF?? What is that? Nine minutes? Who the hell figures they’d better call someone else before emergency services? I mean that’s just kooky talk.
This just hammers home the point that I set out to prove when I filled in for the Beet this week: The Olsen twins are the devil.
January 25, 2008 at 8:51 am by Spiteful Lars
I have said it over and over again; rich people can get themselves way to much medication. For some odd reason if you are rich and famous…or you just “doctor shop” you can get yourself a deadly cocktail of uppers and downers.
Historically there have been way to many young stars whose doctors will give them everything and anything to deal with “stress.” Give someone too much medication and you are creating an addict.
Heath Ledger was found with five different kinds of “drugs” in his apartment. These “drugs” were actually pills that he had prescriptions for. These included
nearly full pill bottles containing the anti-anxiety medications Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium) and Lorazepam (Ativan) were found in the apartment. The sleeping medication Zoplicone (Lunesta) and the sedative Temazepam (Restoril) — which is used by people with “debilitating insomnia”
Drugs abuse is something that can creep up on you. Honestly I once broke my foot (which is when I started writing for the Beet) and three different doctors gave me three different kinds of pain medications. Mix a few of those with a couple glasses of wine when you hurt and you start feeling no pain. When I finally realized I was taking these all together and got the shakes when I didn’t I had a bit of a wakeup call.
Somebody should look into the doctor who prescribed all of this medication together. Methinks somebody is going to be held partially responsible for this tragedy.
January 23, 2008 at 8:18 pm by EvilT
Here are some quotes from those remembering Heath Ledger:
“Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him. He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving, unselfish individual who was extremely inspirational to many.”
Heath Ledger’s father, Kim.
“It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation’s finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger’s diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor.”
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
“I adored him. I don’t know how to compare his talent to others but he’s touched me deeply as a talent and it’s a great loss – losing him at any age would be a loss but it was pretty rough news. I was really shocked by it.”
“I had such great hope for him. He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”
“What a terrible tragedy. My heart goes out to Heath’s family.”
“I am shocked and very saddened by the news. I deeply respected Heath’s work and always admired his continuing development as an artist. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.”
“I think Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent. My heart goes out to everyone in his family and my family. The saddest thing is his daughter whom he just loved
Larry Williams – ex-partner Michelle Williams’ father.
“That’s terrible. Drugs today… when we stopped taking drugs, they started. It is just an epidemic. I am sorry to hear that. He was a great talent.”
“It’s really, really sad. I hope his family is okay. I wish them the best.”
“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.”
Warner Bros president Alan Horn and studio president Jeff Robinov.
“He made a decision about four years ago to stop being led by producers and managers and to forge his own way. He started working with the most interesting directors. He was so successful at breaking out of the teen idol image.”
Neil Armfield, who directed Ledger in his last Australian film, Candy.
“I went through a similar thing with River Phoenix in the fact that he was so young. It’s a real tragedy when someone so talented dies because you don’t know on the early part of their career what more they could offer us”
Director Rob Reiner