Sad news today. Heath Ledger has died from an apparent overdose at the age of 28.
Wow. I know all of Hollywood and their friends are riding the white horse more often than any body cares to admit. But for the most part, we can all easily identify the worst offenders with a lot of ease. We've become very desensitised to the stories of drug taking with people in the spot light. Too many stories, too many scandals, too many times.
This is how the conversation went when I was told.
Him: Have you heard about Heath?
Me: What about him?
Him: He died from an overdose this afternoon.
Me: No way. No. That's so sad. he's got a little girl, she's only like 2.
Are you sure it wasn't Amy Winehouse or Lindsay Lohan?
Me: Heath Ledger? I really liked Heath. Wow. That's such a shame. Are you sure?
Him: Yep. People like Amy and Lindsay won't die from an overdose. They are professional drug takers.
The crazy thing is if it was Lindsay or Amy or Britney I wouldn't have been surprised. As it was pointed out, them people are full time professionals with the dope. There's nothing recreational about it for them anymore. Those people are driving through life recklessly at top speed with both eyes on the pipe not the wheel. So if they crashed and burned...no big surprise. Sad but true.
Heath? Such a cutie. The sexy bad boy kinda cutie we all love. And really talented. There's a lot of speculation surrounding his death, which is to be expected. Partly as he's so well known, and partly as he's so young.
Some news articles I've found online claim there was presence of a 'pipe' and 'rocks' while the majority, (probably as its true) say it was 'pills'. For some reason I'm more inclined to believe it was OTC pills. How he died I'm not sure. Was it a lethal combination of pills and alcohol? Did he take too many? I just hope it was an accidental overdose. His poor family. And his daughter.
He split up with long term love, Michelle Williams towards the end of last year. Michelle is the mother of his 2 year old daughter Mia.
This news clip is from the NY Village Voice, one of the first to run the story.
The actor Heath Ledger was discovered dead, pills sprawled around his naked body, in the Broome Street apartment of Mary-Kate Olsen, the NYPD said Tuesday. According to various news accounts, the 28-year-old Australian actor appeared to be a victim of an accidental overdose or suicide.
The NYPD released a short statement that did not mention the actor by name:
ON TUESDAY, 01/22/08, AT APPROXIMATELY 1530 HOURS, IN THE CONFINES OF THE 5 PRECINCT, POLICE RESPONDED TO 421 BROOME STREET AND FOUND A M/W/28 UNCONSCIOUS. THE VICTIM WAS PRONOUNCED DOA AT THE SCENE. M.E.'S OFFICE TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Posted by TigerTem at 3:31 AM