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Heath Had Substance Abuse Problem

1/22/2008 7:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Heath Ledger had a substance abuse problem. A Ledger confidante tells us he had been clean for a year.

Contrary to several published reports, we're told Ledger had not been in rehab.

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UnderMySkinner    

Where's Kingtut?

2403 days ago
17.

stacey    

I feel really bad for Michelle and Matilda!

2403 days ago
18.

divalicious    

DUH

2403 days ago
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Anon    

It's a shame when these stars feel they have to turn to substance abuse to feel "normal". Shows that money doesn't always buy you happiness.

2403 days ago
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Rustyvain    

Okay... TMZ make up your mind was he found dead at Mary Kate coke head trolls house or in bat man's cave? CNN said it was in a tent on some mountain?

2403 days ago
21.

Thundefart    

Hes a crack ho (clap clap clap clap clap) Hes a crack ho (clap clap clap clap clap)

2403 days ago
22.

Miss Scarlet    

Y'all follow Brit-Brit's every move and completely ignore people with actual talent. Very sad news about Heath.

2403 days ago
23.

she smiled    

this information would have been useful, yesterday!!!

2403 days ago
24.

ha ha ha    

where is michelle Williams? she seems like she could be of an angry sort.

2403 days ago
25.

Karlene    

This is truly sad and my heart and prayers go out to his family.

2403 days ago
26.

hmmmmm......    

I highly doubt this.... tho it could be a possibility - anything is a possibility - it could be why Michelle and him parted ways....

2403 days ago
27.

Crush Stevens    

If this ISN'T true, you should be busted for slander.

2403 days ago
28.

Wtf    

That is just terrible. His little girl is to young to remember him. I hope Michelle took lots and lots of pics so she can have them when she grows up. He was a great actor and a beautiful man. Can't wait to see him as the Joker, May God rest his soul and be with his family at this sad sad time.

2403 days ago
29.

Bec    

WHY?

2403 days ago
30.

CBEAN    

Sorry, but I think if he had a "drug problem" it would have come out on the news. Come on TMZ. You guys are cool. Did ya check out if this source is credible to say he had problems before. Any actor/actress with some type of alcohol or drug abuse would have been all over the world like always. If it was such a problem, how come no one ever knew about it before. I think he was too happy with his life for it to even have been accidental. Who accidentally takes too many pills...and I feel like it wasn't intentional either. Maybe one day the truth will be revealed and someone will fess up to what really happened

2403 days ago
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