Heath Ledger Autopsy Inconclusive

January 23, 2008 07:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Heath Ledger, 28, was found dead in his New York apartment. Initial speculation pointed to a drug overdose. It was also reported that Mr. Ledger had been ill, possibly with pneumonia.

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Pathologists conducting today's autopsy said that their findings were inconclusive. It will be at least 10 days before they will be able to explain the cause of death.

A statement by Paul Browne, Deputy Commissioner for Public Information of the New York Police Department, confirmed that Ledger’s masseuse and housekeeper found the actor dead at 2:45 p.m. local time. He was seen lying face down, curled up on the floor at the foot of his bed. Bottles of prescription medication, including sleeping pills, were found nearby.

Ledger’s father read out a statement, saying, “We, Heath's family, confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda, who was found in a peaceful sleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. (EST).”

The lack of a conclusive autopsy report means that conjecture in the press is unlikely to let up soon. Earlier today, The Huffington Post reported that Ledger had a bout of pneumonia.

Elsewhere, an unidentified friend of the actor told celebrity magazine Us Weekly that Ledger was suffering from substance abuse problems. “Heath has gone though a rough road of trying to get sober. Unfortunately he was too late in getting help,” said the source.

View Wall Street Journal coverage.

Headline Links: ‘Actor Heath Ledger is Found Dead in New York Building’

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Biography: Ledger’s career and struggles

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