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Heath Ledger Dead: His Family Writes Tribute in Australian Paper

Heath's Family Pays Tribute

The news of Heath Ledger's tragic death has had a few days to sink in, but the sadness of the event still very much remains in our hearts and in the forefront of our minds. Heath's family will be traveling to New York to prepare for funeral services that will take place this weekend, and have chosen to publish their very personal and touching tributes to their brother and son in today's West Australian newspaper. Here is what they had to say:

  • From his immediate family: "How do we describe our sudden and tragic loss? . . . You were the most amazing individual 'old soul' in a young man's body. You so loved us, as we dearly loved you. As a close knit and very private family unit we have observed you so determined yet quietly travelling in your self-styled path in life, nothing would get in your way . . . no mountain too tall, no river too wide. You dreamed your dreams and lived them with passion and intelligent commitment. We have been priviledged to accompany you on a ride through life that has simply been amazing and through it all, we have loved each other beyond imagination. Your true legacy lives on in beautiful little Matilda, who will always remain in the greatest of care. Our hearts are broken . . . Dad and Ines, Mum and Roger, Kate and Nathan, Rori and Scarlett, Ashleigh, Olivia, Elana and Nadia."
  • His father wrote: "Heatho'', "Beef'', . . . my beautiful boy, so loving, so talented, so independent, so caring, so young . . . no more chess games mate . . . this is it, couldn't beat you anyway! My body aches for the sound of your voice, our chats, our laughs, and our life and times together. Your truly varied artistic skills, insatiable desire to improve and eclectic abilities set you apart from any other person on the planet . . . it had only just started for you . . . and for us to further enjoy. We were one, in soul and commitment. Just . . . Father and Son. I will love you forever, Dad.''
  • His mother wrote: "Our darling boy, special in so many ways to all of us. You knew you were so loved. You lived life with courage and daring and we are so grateful for the wonderful times we shared. We will be there for Matilda. Your loving Mamma, Rog and Ash."
  • His sister Katie wrote: "I can hardly breathe when I try to write this . . . we were the ultimate in soul mates. I feel both my heart and life have been torn apart. I loved our special talks, our daily chats from where ever you were in the world. I especially loved all the precious time we spent together. We were so fortunate to have you as long as we did. You were so many things to so many people, but to me you were just my little brother. There will never, ever be another "Heath'' and I think that in itself is the greatest tragedy. I will continue to talk with you everyday and love you just as if you were here. You will never leave my thoughts "Roast'', ever.''
  • His sister Olivia wrote: "Heath inspired so many young actors around the world to pursue their dreams. You're my idol, my hero, but most importantly, my loving big brother. I'll treasure every moment we spent together. I love you Heath, I miss you and pray every night you're safe.''

We continue to think of Heath's family and friends during this difficult time. The family has continued to ask for their privacy including not releasing any information on the funeral services as there will be no plans for a public service. May he rest in peace.


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enSue enSue 9 years
I'm still upset by Heath's passing. My heart goes out to his family and friends. These tributes from his family are so beautifully written. May his family recover from this shocking loss as best they can.
Aurora-87 Aurora-87 9 years
It's been over a week and I still cant believe he's gone. :( My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and little Matilda. :(
Hanna-1210 Hanna-1210 9 years
i was crying when i read this. im still not wanting to believe it. Heath is the greatest actor in my generation and i do love him so much and i will do forever.
mrsesquilo mrsesquilo 9 years
adda_001 adda_001 9 years
this is so sad, it made me really cry hope you will find peace!
pinkacid pinkacid 9 years
This is terribly sad, I couldn't stopped my tears reading these. Rest in peace, Heath Ledger.
wicca_08 wicca_08 9 years
This is really tragic. His dad's message made me cry.
blondcom blondcom 9 years
This is the first site i've come across that has only polite and respectful comments on this tragedy. It makes a difference and it helps to be around fans and those close to Heath without being bombarded with cruelty. The tribute was breathtaking and lovely.
ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
this made me cry! =( RIP Heath, you were an amazing actor
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
The story of Heath's death has touched so many people. And me too. :(
gruiz711 gruiz711 9 years
my heart broke reading that.
guhleeenda guhleeenda 9 years
his father's words are unbelievably genuine and touching
FeralTilDeath FeralTilDeath 9 years
Everyone's right Heath Ledger's death was a tradgedy.. My brother played cricket with Heath in his hometown of WA in Australia so my family knows the Ledger's pretty well.. We were all shocked to learn of Heath's death even more shocking to hear it via the tabloids.. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Heath and his family when he was in Aus last.. he was wrapped about his new role in "The Dark Night" and i can't wait to see the film.. But during the time i spent with him i made memories in which i will cherish for the rest of my life time.. Heath was a kind spirited bloke but to hear him tell me i'd succed at whatever task i would attempt was something that touched me... I mean to have Heath Ledger the movie start tell me i could do anything i put my mind to was amazing. Heath's spirit will live on forever no matter what happens.. Heath will be with his family every day.. He'll be the strength they find when they feel as though they can't go on any longer.. He'll be the tear that falls from their eyes when they feel the need to cry, He'll be the breath of wind in their hair on a warm sunny day and best of all He'll be the face that you see when you look into the eyes of his gorgeous daughter Matilda because every ounce of him lives on in her!! Tear's dry over time, But Memories Are Forever.. Rest In Peace Heath.. You'll Always Be Australia's Prince Charming!!!
pollypo pollypo 9 years
I'm 34 and I'm not the only person I know who has been really affected by his death. It's just so awful. And it makes me feel so terrible to know that if I, someone who didn't even know him, am so unsettled by this, how his family must feel.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
So sad. I think the family should be allowed to grieve in peace.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 9 years
that was just so heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. i don't know how anyone can cope with death when it happens to someone you really love.
longhorn longhorn 9 years
This is still just so sad, and I'm appalled at the way the media handled it. All the false stories and photogs in their faces. Let the family grieve!! Granted the paps are only out there because they know people like us want the "gossip", but not in this instance. It's like they've lost all human decency. It's just too much. The internet has made the news too readily available when it comes to celebrities (and in this case such details sure have remained undisclosed until the truth was known). My heart breaks that his family and Michelle are having to deal with this on top of trying to grieve. I read these quotes last night on the Austrailian newspaper site and cried my eyes out. I hadn't cried until then, but I couldn't get his death out of my mind. Like someone else said, it had a lot to do with his age and the way he carried himself - he did is own thing and didn't buy into what Hollywood wanted him to be. He truly was gifted and was just coming into his prime. These quotes are a testament to the person he was, the person his family knew and loved. It makes it even more heart-breaking that some people are being so heartless (both paps and people commenting on various sites). RIP Heath.
paine paine 9 years
true vster. What a tragic loss.... its so sad.. what his family must be going through =(. I cried when I read that.
VSug VSug 9 years
What a tragic loss....I can't help but think, given the details surrounding his life and death that he, like many creative people, suffered from a mood disorder. If Hollywood could destigmatize these disorders for our Society, so many treasured entertainers and human beings could be saved. As these disorders are so eminently treatable!
roxyb roxyb 9 years
I am often amazed at people who can so eloquently put their thoughts and emotions into words as his father certainly has done for him. I for one am glad that Pop put it on the site - it is one of those pure and sincere statements that you rarely get a glimpse of these days.
lovelymiss6 lovelymiss6 9 years
I tried everything in my power not to cry while reading that, only because I'm in a public place, but I know if I was alone and I read that I would have bawled like a baby. I always knew he was a great actor, but now I know he was also a great son, brother and dad.
Karma-Co Karma-Co 9 years
Wow... Those were such beautiful words. Makes me really sad. :( R.I.P.
SarahwithanH SarahwithanH 9 years
So sad and still so shocking. I can only hope that his family will make it through this. A death is so hard.
tati33 tati33 9 years
Very sad :( Knot in my throat and :CRY: RIP Heath Still very unreal to me
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
my most sincere condolences to his family, the mother of her beautiful daughter...... is so sad......I'm still shocked cant believe he already left us
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