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The Drug Enforcement Administration has launched an investigation into how Heath Ledger got the prescription drugs that caused his death.

DEA officials have requested copies of Ledger's autopsy, as well as the original police report, according to numerous news sources.

"It's an ongoing investigation by the NYPD and, as always, we're standing by to assist other investigations," said Steve Robertson, a special agent with the DEA.

According to the New York Medical Examiner's autopsy results released Wednesday, Ledger died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Heath Ledger (1979-2008) passed away January 22.

Six types of drugs were found in Heath Ledger's apartment:

  • Oxycodone, a painkiller marketed as OxyContin
  • Diazepam and alprazolam, names for anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax
  • Hydrocodone, used in a number of painkillers, including Vicodin
  • Temazepam and doxylamine, sleep aids

"We're trying to educate that legal drugs - these prescription drugs - can be just as dangerous as more 'hardcore' drugs if misused or abused," Robertson said.

"It's sad to say, but this is a perfect example of how even the so-called ‘safe drugs' can cost somebody their life."

An alleged drug video of Ledger taking and/or discussing substances turned up online in recent days but public outcry stopped TV shows from airing it.

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The N.Y. Medical Examiner's report on the cause of Heath Ledger's death has been released. No medications were taken in excess, but a combination of the prescribed drugs Heath was taking appears to have resulted in his tragic death.

Officially, the 28-year-old Australian "died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine," according to the examiner's autopsy findings.

The late actor's father, Kim Ledger, issued the following statement:

We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions worldwide who may have suffered the tragic loss of a child. Few can understand the hollow, wrenching, and enduring agony parents silently suffer when a child predeceases them. Today's results put an end to speculation, but our son's beautiful spirit and enduring memory will forever remain in our hearts.

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

Heath Ledger (1979-2008) passed away January 22.

Our family enjoyed an extremely happy two week visit with Heath just prior to the New Year. Those recent precious days will stay with us forever. We as a family feel privileged to have some of his amazing magic moments captured in film. To most of the world Heath was an actor of immeasurable talent and promise. To those who knew him personally, Heath was a consummate artist whose passions also included photography, music, chess and directing. We knew Heath as a loving father, as our devoted son, and as a loyal and generous brother and friend.

We treasure our beautiful granddaughter Matilda (to our dear Michelle Williams) as well as an unbelievably wonderful network of close friends, forever, around the world. Families rarely experience the uplifting, warm and massive outpouring of grief and support as have we, from every corner of the planet. This has deeply and profoundly touched our hearts and lives. We are eternally grateful.

At this moment we respectfully request the worldwide media allow us time to grieve privately, without the intrusions associated with press and photography.

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Michelle Williams has spoken out publicly for the first time since her ex-fiance, Heath Ledger, tragically passed away in his apartment January 22.

Williams and Ledger co-starred in Brokeback Mountain (2005), which is how they met. They have a daughter named Matilda Rose. The entire industry is mourning Ledger, but Michelle is taking Heath's (still unexplained) death hardest of all.

Michelle Williams at the SAG Awards

Michelle Williams, 27, issued the following statement ...

"Please respect our need to grieve privately. My heart is broken. I am the mother of the most tender-hearted, high-spirited, beautiful little girl who is the spitting image of her father. All that I can cling to is his presence inside her that reveals itself every day. His family and I continue to watch Matilda as she whispers to trees, hugs animals, and takes steps two at a time, and we know that he is with us still. She will be brought up with the best memories of him."

So sweet, and so sad that Heath Ledger is gone.

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In a rare display of unity, Hollywood rallied to the side of Heath Ledger to protest the airing of a two-year-old tape showing the deceased actor at a drug-fueled hotel party that was yanked off U.S. airwaves.

Hollywood news shows Entertainment Tonight and The Insider had both planned to air the alleged Heath Ledger drug tape on Thursday.

After they had aired portions of the controversial video on the East Coast, the two celebrity news shows said Wednesday evening that they decided against playing the video "out of respect for Heath Ledger and his family."

The decision followed a PR campaign by Ledger's publicity firm, L.A.-based ID-PR, to rally Hollywood celebrities against the shows.

ID-PR sent an e-mail to PR companies, talent agencies, management firms and studio execs, questioning the "common decency" of the programs.

It seems to have worked, although celebrity gossip sites have speculated on and even shown portions of the alleged Heath Ledger drug tape in recent days.

The grainy video does not show Heath Ledger actually using drugs, but he admits to smoking marijuana in the past. The video was said to be taken in January 2006 at the Chateau Marmont hotel on Hollywood's Sunset Strip.

In the last two weeks, several magazines and celebrity gossip sites have claimed that Ledger, who was found dead January 22, went on drinking binges and used cocaine and other drugs. The cause of his death is still uncertain.

Two days ago, Us Weekly reported that Michelle Williams, Heath's ex-fiancee, left the actor partly to shield their baby daughter from his partying lifestyle.

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A tape of Heath Ledger allegedly at a drug binge party at a Hollywood hotel has surfaced on the Internet and is causing controversy.

The footage is believed to have been shot two years ago at L.A. celebrity hangout Chateau Marmont at a January 29, 2006 party following the Screen Actors Guild awards. Ledger had been nominated for Brokeback Mountain.

Heath Ledger appeared at the ceremony alongside girlfriend Michelle Williams, but she did not attend the private party and was reportedly sleeping in a room upstairs with the couple's infant daughter, Matilda.

The apparent Heath Ledger drug tape, which was taken through a window into a hotel room, showed him talking and shows at least one guest sniffing a "cocaine-like" substance off a table with a rolled up bill in his hand.

Heath Ledger's face is noticeably twitching as he says, "I'm gonna get so much sh*t from my girlfriend ... We have a baby three months ago. Matilda, Matilda Rose."

"I shouldn't be here at all."

At another point in the tape, Ledger talks about his marijuana habit, saying he "used to smoke five joints a day for 20 years."

The content of the drug tape is very sensitive given Ledger's tragic death in New York City on January 22, which remains unexplained at this time.

Emerging stories from various media outlets claim the 28-year-old Australian had been battling drug addiction problems and insomnia for years.

Entertainment Tonight
did not end up airing the drug tape on the air, but showed a lengthy promotional clip of it in the eastern half of the U.S.

The celebrity news show later said that it decided not to show the explosive footage out of respect for Heath Ledger's family.

Follow the link for a clip of the so-called drug tape ...

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Heath Ledger's battle with alcohol and drugs was so bad that now ex-fiancee Michelle Williams tried to get him to enter rehab.

For three years, Williams witnessed the gifted actor's use of alcohol and drugs, including cocaine, heroin and "a variety of pills."

Michelle Williams at the Spirit Awards

In March 2006 â€" just weeks after the couple walked the Oscars red carpet - and when their daughter Matilda was only five months old - Michelle Williams drove Heath Ledger to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif.

Heath Ledger pledged to clean up, but refused to check in.

Ledger died at the age of 28 after being found alone in his apartment on January 22. So far, the investigation into his death has been inconclusive, and it has even been theorized that he may have died of natural causes.

Continue reading about Heath's struggles with addiction ...

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It sounds strange, but sources intimately connected with the Heath Ledger investigation say it's possible the actor died of natural causes.

According to TMZ, it' appears that the level of toxicity (from medication) in Ledger's body was so low it may not have caused his death.

Sources are saying Heath Ledger's heart stopped. It could have been a heart attack that took his life, but it's not certain ... at least not yet.

It's rare for a 28-year-old to die of natural causes, but possible. Initial autopsy results were inconclusive, and now this report. Interesting, to say the least.

Many this will shut John Gibson up, although we doubt it. In any case, we will keep you posted as more details about Heath's tragic death are learned.

Heath Ledger (1979-2008) was laid to rest privately late last week.

Also, authorities do not believe a housekeeper heard Ledger snoring when walking in his bedroom at around 1:00 p.m., as has been reported.

A fireman observed rigor mortis in Ledger's jaw shortly after arriving on scene at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Heath was found dead.

Officials believe Ledger was dead for about three hours prior to their arrival at his apartment, ruling out the possibility of snoring around 1 p.m.

Authorities are also annoyed at reports that there may have been a plot to remove drugs from Ledger's apartment before cops and firemen arrived.

There are reports that the masseuse called Mary-Kate Olsen and a plot was hatched to have her bodyguard remove drugs. Not so, authorities say.

The cops were there the entire time the bodyguard was present, and there would have been no opportunity to carry out such a plan.

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Diana Wolozin, the masseuse who discovered Heath Ledger when the actor was found dead Tuesday, spent nine minutes making three phone calls to Mary-Kate Olsen before she called 911, the Associated Press reports.

She called Mary-Kate Olsen a fourth time after paramedics arrived.

Police sources say the calls are not relevant to their investigation since they believe Heath Ledger was dead when Wolozin arrived.

Foul play has been ruled out.

Both the New York Post and New York Daily News have reported that Ledger - whose funeral is set for today - had been dating Mary-Kate.

Certainly friends, definitely party pals and maybe more than that, Heath Ledger and Mary-Kate Olsen first met over the summer of 2006, at the time he was living at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, People has learned.

More recently, "Mary-Kate and Heath Ledger were casually dating for three months before Heath's death," a source says. "They were hooking up, but neither were particularly interested in making it exclusive."

As for what drew the two together, says the source:"They had a bond that was based on partying ... they had a lot of the same tastes in partying ... like, in terms of where they liked to hang out in New York, what time they would want to go out. They just had the same sensibility."

In other news, Fox News' John Gibson has issued an "apology" for ridiculing the death of Heath Ledger the other day. It's far from sincere.

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In the following clip, FOX News reporter John Gibson appears awfully apologetic for his crude remarks regarding the death of Heath Ledger. He feels terrible about the lack of respect he showed earlier this week.


What a pompous fraud. Check out the "apology" now:


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Fox News' John Gibson recently commented on Heath Ledger's death - making remarks so tasteless and inappropriate, they must be heard to be believed.

On his radio show, which opened with funeral music, John Gibson called Heath Ledger a "weirdo" with a "serious drug problem."

Putting aside the fact that the exact cause of Ledger's death has still not been determined, that's pretty bad. But it got much, much worse.

Making fun of the famous line from Brokeback Mountain - the 2005 film that earned Heath an Oscar nomination for Best Actor - Gibson played the clip in which Jake Gyllenhaal's character says, "I wish I knew how to quit you."

Gibson then interjects: "Well, he found out how to quit you." What a d!ck. Click here to listen to this and the rest of Gibson's remarks.

John Gibson's ridicule of Heath Ledger defies comprehension.

Laughing, Gibson then played another clip from Brokeback Mountain in which Heath Ledger's character, Ennis, says "We're dead," followed by Gibson's own, mocking "We're dead" before playing the clip again.

This makes Rush Limbaugh seem downright lovable.

So, starring in a movie in which you portray a gay man - Heath Ledger himself was straight, not that it would make Gibson any less repulsive - makes it okay for commentators to mock your death? Absolutely incredible.

The world is mourning the loss of a great talent. Ledger's family and all of humanity deserve better than this. Get this a$$hole off the air forever.

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