Body of Heath Ledger Being Prepared for Return Home to Australia
February 5, 2008
(Long Island, N.Y.) The body of Australian-born actor Heath Ledger will be laid to rest in his hometown of Perth, Australia beside his two grandparents in a family plot. Ledger died in his upscale apartment on Jan. 22nd, 2008. He was found dead by his house keeper in bed fully naked at 2:45 PM. Police suspect a drug overdose as the cause of death but declined to confirm this until the toxicology report comes out this week. His body currently lies in a funeral home in California to allow his avid supporters and co-workers to mourn his death.
The actor’s remains will be shipped home this week as local residents in Perth, Australia prepare to welcome home the body of their most famous son. Born Heathcliff Andrew Ledger on April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia and son of Sally Ledger Bell and Kim Ledger, Heath became famous for his role as a homosexual cowboy in the Oscar-award winning film “Brokeback Mountain” where he was also nominated in the category of Best Male Actor in a leading role at the Oscars. He also starred in the classic movie “A knights Tale” opposite Shannyn Sossamon and gained a reputation as one of the best talented young actors in Hollywood.
Native residents of his hometown in Perth, Australia were enraged with the drug controversies surrounding the actor’s death. A recent video acquired by “Entertainment tonight” sparked most of the controversy as it shows the actor attending a party two years ago in a plush California hotel, bragging about taking drugs in the past and was seen standing behind a guy obviously consuming a round of cocaine on a table.
“If a person dies, let him go in peace. All this rubbish they bring up about drugs and everything else, I think it’s a lot of rubbish, he was a great star for us. We don’t have many stars from here,” said 58 year old Margaret Byrne a resident of Perth, Australia.
“It’s probably the biggest news we’ve had in Perth in a long time … He’s probably the highest-profile star who’s ever come out of Perth and probably our greatest success story,” said Shannon Harvey, film critic at The Sunday Times.
Heath Ledger’s family have already arranged and secured all the necessary processes to get the actor’s body home by this week after the results of the toxicology report comes out provided that the Police rule out foul play. Some relatives who came to California to mourn his death have gone home to prepare a welcoming honor for the arrival of Heath’s body.
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