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Reactions to Heath Ledger's Death

Heath's Loved Ones Speak Out

We're still gaining our composure from the shocking news that Heath Ledger has died. We cannot even imagine what his loved ones are going through right now but they have shared a few words with us. Heath Ledger's father Kim and mother Sally stood with his sister Kate and spoke to the press today thanking many and asking for their privacy to grieve during this sad time. Their statement to the Australian press was:

Heath's family confirms the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda. He was found peacefully asleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. U.S. time.

We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their well wishes and kind thoughts at this time. Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.

He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and selfless individual who was extremely inspirational to many. Please now respect our families need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately.

Other statements and news at this time:

  • Michelle Williams' father also spoke out saying "I think Tennyson got it right in the poem when he described someone as having died at a young age but burning the candles at both ends, and oh what a beautiful flame he made, that was Heath, what a beautiful flame he made and a great talent... The saddest thing is his daughter whom he just loved dearly."
  • His publicist Mara Buxbaum said, "We are deeply saddened and shocked by this accident."
  • E! Online reports that Naomi Watts canceled all her Sundance appearances. She is in town to promote her movie Funny Games.
  • Todd Haynes, the director of I'm Not There said, "Heath was a true artist, a deeply sensitive man, an explorer, gifted and wise beyond his years. There is no finer person on this earth.”
  • James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features and a producer on Brokeback Mountain said, "Heath Ledger was a courageous actor, and a great soul... He gave us the gift of sharing his fearless and beautiful love—of his craft, and of all who worked with him—for which all of us will be eternally grateful."

Our condolences are with Heath's family and loved ones.


wicca_08 wicca_08 9 years
I'm still shocked. I feel for Matilda and Michelle.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
xtyn- You do sound like a hater. You don't agree with the act? Who the hell are you? It's not your business in regards to their sex lives.
febe febe 9 years
:CRY: i was so sad the entire day, it was so unreal. it's like i knew him, like he was my best friend i still can get over it. the people who are protesting, don't they have any shame?? worrying about a role he played in the past shouldn't be meddle with his death now. rest in peace!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
This is still hard to believe.
raieven raieven 9 years
I can't believe this.
sashak sashak 9 years
Ok, the picture in the link about Michelle's dad made me cry. Like, in front of my computer at work.
sashak sashak 9 years
Liselola~ You beat me to the poem! I'm really glad that Michelle's folks made such a lovely (if mis-quoted) statement. It makes me happy to know that she & Mattie have a good family to support them.
iman41 iman41 9 years
Words fail me.... I don't wanna be rude but basket cases like Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherthy keep walking around and a beautifull young actor like Heath dies.... So sad, so very sad....
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
this touched me very much
kellylouise kellylouise 9 years
God this was a horrible day for me. I was at school and my thoughts kept going back to Heath. He was definitely one of my favourite actors and his death does feel like a loss to me. I also very much feel for Michelle and Matilda. It's really sad.
msshellokitty msshellokitty 9 years
I am still in shock.His death has really effected me.He was a great talent and it is so sad that he died so young.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
drifet they were criticising his dress sense and we are all guilty of doing that even to our friends but that doesn't men we wished death on him or for a child to los her dad or for his family to lose a son and brother. My favourite great-aunt just died unexpectedly on friday and the pain is amazing. I feel for the ones left behind to deal with this.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I will never be able to watch 10 things the same way again. Out of allt he celb deaths his is the saddest
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I'm still in shock. He really was a great actor and I cannot help but think about all the roles he would have made come alive. Of course, his daughter and family come first...but Hollywood is sad are his fans and just lovers of good movies. He was so young. It's so tragic. He always spoke about just how much he loved his at least she will have that. I am incredibly livid and angered at the nutjobs planning to protest his funeral. I hope the family gets some great protection from bodyguards as well as as much police assistance as they can. That is just ridiculous....that not only are people still so hateful that they must attempt to cause even further pain to the deceased loved ones by shouting slurs or insults at a grieving family. These people are NOT true Christians. Anywho, I am still sad and shocked about Heath. He was obviously loved and respected and both a fan and studio favorite. RIP, Heath.
angelcandy angelcandy 9 years
Wow, I can't believe it - it's so sad, he was so young.
blondie3 blondie3 9 years
I feel so bad, he seemed so nice. He was an adorable actor, I loved him in ten things I hate a/b you, and Idk its soo sad when people die at an early age.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
What beautiful sentiments from the people who loved him. This has really hit me hard as well.
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
That's terrible - I'm shocked!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
So sad, I just heard this morning on my way to work.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
Drifter, not all of us put him down. I looked forward to seeing any bit of news on him here and sadly this was not the bit that I was looking for. Even in his worst moments, he looked better than most. He was my actor crush and one that'll be hard to let go.
cari907 cari907 9 years
this is so sad i was at work when i heard this he was so hot i love 10 things i hate about you poor matilda
acyl acyl 9 years
This is such sad news. Heath was talented and VERY cute! I fell in love with him in "A Knight's Tale" and just recently saw Candy. What a huge, huge loss.
TruJrzyGirl TruJrzyGirl 9 years
I still can't believe it ... My God, so young and so talented ... So many rumors are coming out how he was sick, how he was depressed, I hope the truth surfaces soon and he rests in peace ...
Kazo Kazo 9 years
I don't know. I'm just really sad by this. Maybe it's because he's a fellow Aussie, maybe it's because he was such talented actor, maybe it't because he has a baby daughter. Or maybe it's a combination of all those things and more. All I know is that I was incredibly shocked by his death and it still feels kind of like a bad joke. Every so often I'll remember that he died and it's like a jolt. I've seen a lot of his movies and I've always thought he has been great no matter what he was in and I've always looked forward to his films. This is just really sad. I'll miss anticipating his next film and seeing what acting choice he makes next. I'll even miss seeing his next eclectic crazy outfit. It's such a waste, he had so many great performances still in him. He left is way too early. As redundant as it sounds; my thoughts and hopes are with his family.
naked_american naked_american 9 years
I had this weird hope that I would wake up and this would all have been a bad dream.
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