Heath Ledger Death: The Joker Laughs No More
Looking for information on Heath Ledger's death? Heath Ledger was born on April 4th, 1979 in Perth, Australia. His parents named him after the main characters in the novel "Wuthering Heights", which was written by Emily Bronte. Heath Ledger made his first appearance in an American film in 1999 in the comedy "10 Things I Hate About You". After that, he made appearances in "The Patriot" and "A Knight's Tale", both of which he is well known for. Shortly before his death, he had just finished filming the movie "The Dark Knight", in which he played The Joker.
Heath Ledger died on January 22nd, 2008 at the age of 28. A housekeeper entered his apartment in Lower Manhattan to wake him for a massage appointment that he had. However, upon entering, the housekeeper found Heath Ledger lying naked and unresponsive on his apartment floor. When police arrived at the scene, they found pills around his bed, which lead them to believe that Heath Ledger had died of a possible drug overdose. The housekeeper found Heath Ledger at approximately 3 pm, after which he was transported to a nearby hospital, where emergency department personnel pronounced him dead at approximately 3:30 pm.
The toxicology report from Heath Ledger's autopsy came back on February 6th, 2008. The medical examiner in New York City that performed the autopsy found that Heath Ledger had died from an accidental overdose of various prescription medications, including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety pills, and painkillers. The exact drugs that were found to be the cause of Heath Ledger's death included doxylamine, oxycodone, diazepam, alprazolam, hydrocodone, and temazepam. After the medical examiner announced the cause of Heath Ledger's death, the Drug Enforcement Administration requested a copy of the prescription records and toxicology reports so they could rule out that Heath Ledger had obtained the drugs illegally.