Heath Ledger Cause of Death: Since Heath Ledger was one of the world’s brightest and most admired stars, his untimely death on January 22, 2008, made even more sense. Ledger’s cleaner and massage therapist found the 28-year-old actor unresponsive in his bed at around 3 p.m. The masseuse, who had been dispatched to Heath Ledger’s New York City residence for their appointment, decided to contact the Dark Knight star’s friend, actress Mary-Kate Olsen, for help instead of dialing 911. Although Olsen was physically located in California, he dispatched a bodyguard in his stead.
When the masseuse realized the situation was dire, she contacted Olsen back to tell her she wouldn’t be waiting for the security guard but had instead called 911. The massage therapist immediately contacted 911 after she realized Ledger had stopped breathing. After receiving instructions to begin CPR from the operator, she did so, but it was too late. Paramedics arrived shortly after Olsen called for a private security guard, but they were also unsuccessful in resuscitating Ledger. The time of death was confirmed to be 3:36 p.m.
The Cause of Death Was a Toxic Mix of Prescription Drugs
Heath Ledger’s death was attributed to “acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,” as stated by the New York City medical examiner’s office. We have determined that the cause of death was an accidental overdose of prescribed medication.
The authorities spent the next few weeks trying to determine whether or not the prescriptions found in Ledger’s home belonged to any prior conditions. After some investigation, it became clear that neither OxyContin nor Vicodin, the two harshest medicines, had been prescribed to Ledger. Read More About Irene Cara Cause of Death
The FBI sought Olsen’s advice. Olsen, 35, was interviewed at least twice about where Ledger acquired the narcotics, but he refused to comment without being granted immunity. A subpoena was issued by a federal grand jury, but it was never enforced.
No charges were brought when the investigation by the U.S. Attorney‘s Office was completed in August 2008. Olsen’s attorneys have maintained that their client had nothing to do with Ledger’s drug use, although reports indicate that she has declined to be interviewed.
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— Heath Ledger (@HeathLedgerBBM) October 10, 2017
It has been alleged that Michelle Williams, Ledger’s ex-girlfriend from whom he had broken up in the months before his death, and Helena Christensen, a model in her fifties, was interviewed. Check This Owen Hart Cause Of Death
Since then, more details about the state Ledger was in before his death has emerged. Friend and dialect coach Gerry Grennell said that Ledger was “horribly unhappy, tragically sad,” and that the actor “desperately wanted to see and touch” his daughter, Matilda, who was 16 at the time of his death.
Because of his performance as “a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy” in The Dark Knight, Ledger reportedly has trouble sleeping. (After his passing, in 2009, an Academy Award was given for his work.)
According to Grennell’s recollection, “I would hear him strolling around the apartment and I would get up and say, ‘Come on, guy, get back to bed, you have to work tomorrow.'” He said, “Man, I just can’t sleep.”Must Read About Michael K Williams Cause of Death
No more seeing him. A broken Kim Ledger stated, “We just have to live with it” when asked how the family will move forward after the murder of their son. Sadder still is the fact that his sister Kate had warned him about something the night before he died. Kate and he had a long talk about his drugs, Kim recalled, and that was their final conversation. “She cautioned him, “You can’t mix medications that you don’t know anything about.” To which she said, “Katie, I’ll be OK.”
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