Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger...

Hey people,

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: (silence)

Him: Seriously

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?

Him: Positive

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.

7 comments:

SET said...

THIS IS SO SAD,

Uzo said...

I want to believe it was an accidental overdose as CNN is reporting prescription sleeping pills found....

I saw an interview with him last week....He was talking about how tough shooting the part of the joker for the new batman movie was on him and how he only got an average of 2 hours of sleep everyday

You really never know but i dont see Heath as a drug user. With reports of him being found naked and facedown, i think he might have Oded....

Tiger Tem said...

Its ALL over the news now and you know, the more I see the more sad it seems.

The term accidental overdose has always seemed like a contradiction to me. But I guess they'll be able to makde an educated guess once they know how many he took.

Really, really sad.

I hope this serves as a wake up call to all those other young people in the business who seem to spend more time playing russian roulette with their lives, than doing any actual work.

Oyinkan said...

Im still in shock after hearing about this last night. Its so unexpected...i mean the last picture i saw was of him on a film set wearing a clown costume and the next thing im hearing this!

It seems to be a commom occurance nowadays (whether accidental or not) and just makes me wonder if this whole hollywood thing is worth it. Wasnt it just last week that Brad Renfro died and the guy was like 26.

Im just so sad that someone as talented as him is just gone! I just pray for his little girl

Music Child said...

It was an overdose of prescription drugs, he was scheduled to have a massage and when the house keeper came in she found him on the floor. I tot it was his apartment in Soho not Mary-kate? wasnt a suicide.

May he RIP, I keep saying it drugs kill,my post on Toni thompson shows how stupid people can be, he gassed him self out.This is the mesg I want our musician to spread! Its far too easy to get glue to sniff or any other substance and its spilling over..

Naija Chickito said...

Yeah, heard this morning. It's such a sad story. And his life was just beginning...

Tiger Tem said...

@ music child...OMG, didn't know about Tony Thompson. I remember how much I loved his solo album when it came out. That song 'I Wanna Love Like That'.