The celebration of Australia Day in New York turned into a somber affair on Friday night at the Waldorf-Astoria while the 1,200 guests paid a stirring tribute to Heath Ledger. The guests, including Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr and Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon stood and bowed their heads for a moment of silence in honor of the actor. While Jessica didn't have Cash by her side on the red carpet, Julian gladly took over her arm and baby bump duty. Among other statements honoring Heath, New York Consul-General John Olsen read a stirring statement from Ledger's father. He said,
"Heath is and always will be an Australian...He adored his home. His last two weeks with us over Christmas in Perth were just bliss...Heath did not become an actor for the fame or fortune. He just loved his craft and he loved helping his friends...He loved chess and skateboarding too...My image of Heath in New York is him with his skateboard, a canvas bag and beanie...That was Heath."
A brief, private memorial service was also held in LA on Saturday night before his family returned home with their son to rest in peace at home in Australia.
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Images include: Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon, Miranda Kerr, Rachael Taylor, Victoria Hall, Jayson Brunsdon, Shannon Noll