Ledger's Death Confirmed "Accidental Overdose"

Supporters who activated to oppose reports of Heath Ledger's drug abuse have had their hopes crushed today as the final results of his autopsy are in...
Despite a tremendous number of fans and fellow actors who were vocal about contesting initial reports of the circumstances surrounding the actor's death--denying evidence of drug abuse and arguing that prescription medications weren't really "drugs", the final autopsy report hammers the last nail in his coffin.

The New York City medical examiner's office ruled today that Ledger died after overdosing on a cocktail of six prescription drugs that included painkillers and anti-anxiety medication.

Ledger's father, Kim, released a statement saying that "today's results put an end to speculation." Since the actor's death, his family has vehemently denied rumors that his death was anything but accidental.

"While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy," Kim Ledger said. "Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."

Ledger, 28, was found dead in his downtown Manhattan apartment Jan. 22 with bottles of prescription drugs nearby.

News of Ledger's cause of death came as his family prepared to bury him in his hometown of Perth, Australia. On Saturday, stars including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes gathered in Los Angeles' Sony Studios to pay tribute to the "Brokeback Mountain" star. Memorial services were held in Los Angeles and New York in the days after his death.

Clips from a January 2006 video of Ledger at a Hollywood drug party were released last week, fueling speculation that drugs were involved in his untimely death. "Entertainment Tonight" broadcasted clips of the video Jan. 30, but decided against airing the entire video after several A-list celebrities protested its wide release.

Michelle Williams, Ledger's ex-fiancee, broke her silence Friday. In her first statement since Ledger died, Williams said, "Please respect our need to grieve privately. My heart is broken." The statement was released by Ledger's spokeswoman.

Williams, 27, and Ledger met while filming "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005. She played his wife in the movie. The couple dated, lived together in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had daughter Matilda in October 2005. Despite rumors about a wedding, the two split in September 2007. It's rumored that his hard partying led to their breakup.

In an interview with The New York Times in November, Ledger revealed that he was taking the sleep medication Ambien to get rest, but to no avail. He had thrown himself into his role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight," the latest film in the Batman franchise, scheduled for release this summer.

All of us at ComicBookMovie.com give our heart-felt condolences to his family.
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