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Jan 22, 2008

Heath Ledger's Death: Trouble sleeping may have led to accidental overdose.

Heath Ledger, was found dead in Apartment 5A, at 421 Broome Street in SoHo by the housekeeper and the masseuse this afternoon. A police spokesman initially told media that the apartment Ledger was found in was owned by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen, but later retracted his statement and said that was not the case.

The housekeeper and Masseuse who had arrived for his 3:30 house call, tried to wake Ledger up but found him unresponsive at 3:20 p.m. They eventually called paramedics (after first calling one of the Olsen Twins for advice, who sent two of her heavies over) and he was pronounced dead at 3:35. Police confirmed that sleeping pills were found near Ledger's bed (which is not surprising as the poor guy had trouble getting to sleep at night).

The Ledger family, including father Kim and mother Sally and sister Kate spoke to reporters in Perth:
"We, Heath's family can confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda," his father said.

A large crowd of paparazzi and onlookers began gathering outside the building, where several police officers guarded the door. Ledger had a turbulent relationship with stalkerazzi who as usual... hounded him. In 2004 he assaulted a photographer in Sydney. (We like this.) Go get 'em Heath. But in retaliation a photograper at the Sydney premiere of Brokeback Mountain squirted Ledger in the face with a water pistol. Nice behavior.

Early this year Heath was reported to be seeing Gemma Ward after media articles linked the two together at end of 2007 holiday celebrations.

Friends say Heath was extremely health conscious, and ate well, bought the healthiest food he could find locally.
It's all a bit of a mystery still..

Heath Ledger was the son of Sally Ledger Bell (née Ramshaw), a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a race car driver and mining engineer; fiance of actress Michelle Williams, father of one daughter, Matilda, who was born in 2005. His daughter's godparents are Ledger's Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams' Dawson's Creek castmate Busy Phillips.

Heath's 29th birthday is on April 4th. Too young to die. He will be missed.

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