Pappan: Hans död är en varning

Läs familjens uttalande om dödsorsaken här


Familjen är i Perth, Australien och förbereder begravningen av Heath Ledger.

– Dagens resultat har satt stopp för alla spekulationer, säger de i ett uttalande.

Kim Ledger på flygplatsen i Brisbane, Australien, på tisdagen.

Heath Ledgers dödsorsak fastställdes på onsdagen. Strax efter släppte skådespelarens pappa ett uttalande.

– Trots att inga enskilda mediciner togs i alltför stora mängder fick vi lära oss idag att en kombination av läkarförskrivna receptbelagda mediciner visade sig bli en dödlig dos för vår pojke. Heaths oavsiktliga död är en varning om de dolda farorna med att kombinera receptbelagda mediciner, även i små doser.

Familjen tackar också för allt stöd de fått efter Ledgers död och beskriver den fina tid de fick med honom strax innan nyår.

– De dagarna kommer att vara kvar i våra minnen för alltid.


Familjens uttalande i sin helhet

”We remain humble as parents and a family, among millions of people 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. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage.

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) 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.”