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Australian Prime Minister Laments Ledger's Death

1/22/2008 9:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heath Ledger's death is a huge loss for the people of Australia -- so much so that the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has issued a statement on the Perth native's passing.
Heath Ledger
According to Sky News Australia, Rudd said: "It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger. It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger's diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor."

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Classicrockgoddess    

Damn i am too

2432 days ago
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dianna    

I forgot he was from there.

2432 days ago
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Joy    

SERIOUSLY? A LOSS FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS? COME ON. IT'S SAD BUT NOT A NATIONAL TRAGEDY. HE'S AN ACTOR.

2432 days ago
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jess    

he was our best actor from australia at the moment

2432 days ago
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Daniel    

to the comment posted by ME
yeah it is a loss for all Australian's....he was Australian, so why wouldn't i feel the loss of a great actor.....

My hearts and thoughts go out to his family and his little girl.....god bless.....

RIP Heath, you will be dearly missed.....

2432 days ago
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Tanya from Oz    

I say good on you Kevin Rudd! I agree with him 100%. Heath's passing is a tragedy to any Australian. We are proud to be Australian and when a fellow Australian dies no matter what his status is, we are deeply affected. He was one of us and we are so proud of all he has achieved in his life.

2432 days ago
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Missmechanic    

i agree, we have lost one of our finest actors.. Australia is in a frenzy at the moment with this shocking news.. I have been called 4 times this morning and informed of the news..

Its a real tragedy to lose Heath after the loss of Steve Irwin just over a year ago.. Heath will be truly missed..

My thoughts go to his family, Michelle and their beautiful daughter Matilda..

2432 days ago
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one lil aussie    

This is unbelievably sad for all Australians..
yes he was one of our best actors and will be very missed on the big screen..
We feel for his family and his lil girl :( He will miss so much love..
Us Australians are so proud of you Heath and so sorry ur life has ended in such a tragic way
RIP mate

2432 days ago
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Joy    

Screw that B1TCH, SHE IS NOTHING BUT A WHORE AND A MONEY GRUBBIN STINKIN ROTTEN TWO FACED WANNA BE RICH AND FAMOUS B1TCH

2432 days ago
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Ashie    

It is sad for australians, were not like americans who have sooooooo many "good" actors. may be rest in peace and god help his family through these though times

2432 days ago
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Fellow Aussie    

Good on you Ruddy!!

"The Aussie spirit" we love and embrace our own and unite as one in times of tragedy


ME stick it up yours mate! You probably wouldn't know the meaning of mateship or common decency if it hit you in the arse

2432 days ago
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Joy    



Heath Ledger's rep called the actor's death an "accident" and asked for privacy for his family.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by this accident," said publicist Mara Buxbaum in a statement. "This is an extremely difficult time for his loved ones. We're asking the media to please respect the family's privacy and avoid speculation until the facts are known."

Ledger, 28, was found dead Tuesday in a New York apartment. A police source says that two bottles of prescription sleep aids were near the

2432 days ago
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Joy    

3. A confidential source at the scene has revealed that the cause of Heath Ledger's death may have been due to the fact that he was taking Viagra and Ambien simultaneously. Apparently while his body was shutting down, his blood stormed to his penis causing a rapid depletion of oxygen cells to the brain, which led to organic strife that caused his cardiac arrest.

The moral of the story is, if you are a Hollywood actor and are gay, embrace it. No need in pretending you are straight. This leads to taking drastic measures, such as taking Viagra at 28 just to get an erection for a woman who you will not enjoy having sex with.

2432 days ago
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You are all morons    

Coroner, no matter how many times you post that drivel and no matter what commen site it's on, you will remain a douchebag, okay. You're pathetic and I pity you and your laugh at someone's tragedy

2432 days ago
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April Fouels    

hollywollypog, mate's, fairdinkum.

2432 days ago
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