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Shekar Kapur On Heath's tragic Death

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Heath Ledger, the Hollywood actor, died naked and surrounded by sleeping pills hours after asking a friend to wake him the following day, it has emerged.

Shekhar Kapur, the film director, said Ledger had made him "promise" the previous evening to call him in the morning so they could meet.

But by the time Kapur made the call, the 28-year-old actor's body had been found in his loft apartment in Manhattan.

"I last spoke to him the night before he died," said Kapur, who directed the Australian actor in The Four Feathers.

"I had just arrived in New York [from London]. He said he could not see me that night but really wanted to meet me the next day.

"He made me promise that I would call him in the morning and wake him up. I tried. Little did I know that his soul had already left his body."



The disclosure came after a post-mortem examination on Ledger's body proved inconclusive.

Rumours began to circulate that he had overdosed on prescription drugs following the breakdown of a relationship and months of insomnia and overwork.

It is understood that pills including Xanax, Valium and the controversial sleeping tablet Stillnocks, which is known to cause dangerous and bizarre behaviour, were surrounding the actor's body. He was also believed to have been ill with pneumonia.

The New York chief medical examiner's office said new tests had been ordered and it would take up to two weeks to determine the cause of death.

Ledger, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Brokeback Mountain, had been suffering from anxiety following the breakdown of his relationship with the actress Michelle Williams, the mother of his two-year-old daughter, Matilda. Williams was said to be "devastated" and was flying from Sweden to New York.

Another of Ledger's friends, the Perth model Sophie Ward, said: "He was quite upset because he couldn't see his daughter as much as he'd like to.

"He was travelling so much and I think he was just frustrated with it all."

But she said his death must have been an accident. "He was clean and wasn't drinking or taking drugs. I don't believe he took his own life deliberately," she added.

In November, Ledger admitted that his workaholic nature was keeping him awake at night.

He had been taking sleeping medication in an effort to catch up on lost sleep after his role as The Joker in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight, but it failed to work.

"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." Ledger told The New York Times.

Ledger's parents, Kim and Sally, called his death "very tragic, untimely and accidental", describing him as a "dearly loved son" and a "doting father".

Heath Ledger in his final role as The Joker
Final role: as The Joker

Mr Ledger said from the family home in Applecross, Perth: "Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life that few had the pleasure of truly knowing him."

Over the recent Christmas break, the actor spent several weeks with his family in Western Australia, leaving a message thanking the film writer on the city's newspaper for leaving him in peace.

"I don't know whether it's a conscious thing or an unconscious thing, giving me space and respecting my privacy," he told the newspaper.

"It's really enabled me to be a boy again from home and feel like I'd never left."

Such was the response to his death that many internet fan sites suffered a meltdown, prompting fans to establish unofficial Ledger pages on MySpace and Facebook.

Although Ledger had a stormy relationship with his homeland - he famously sold his beach-front apartment in Sydney after being sprayed with water pistols at a film launch - he remained an Australian hero.

Mel Gibson, who gave Ledger his first big film break in The Patriot, said: "I had such hopes for him.

"He was just taking off and to lose his life at such a young age is a tragic loss

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/24/wledger124.xml

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Post  Meera on Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:30 pm

Sad thanks for the article.
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