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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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76.

Norm    

Tragic. An amazing talent.

Questions? Who, exactly, has pills of any kind "scattered" all over the room? Ever? For what reason?

Sad, sad.

2404 days ago
77.

jondeez    

I am truly shocked and devastated to hear that Heath Ledger is gone. What a horrific tragedy. I am having a great deal of difficulty accepting this. What drugs were found around him? Why are police being so secretive? I still cannot believe this. He was such a huge talent with extraordinary potential. Was there a suicide note left? This is just so sad And how can they conclude so quickly it was an accident? Unreal..

2404 days ago
78.

Jamie    

thks or the movies

2404 days ago
79.

jemms    

THIS IS SO HORRIBLY SAD...I AM IN SHOCK, I CANT EVEN IMAGINE HOW HORRIBLE MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY MUST FEEL. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THEM.

2404 days ago
80.

lindsay    

it was OTC sleeping pills!!! not herion you idiots!!!

2404 days ago
81.

k    

This is a sad day for the industry..May the angels of heaven welcome a spirited soul such as this one and watch over his family. You will be missed Heath.....

2404 days ago
82.

elizabetta    

this is just too sad to take in...such a beautiful man with a wonderful family...even though people are separated, they can still maintain a relationship for the sake of a child...I remember when I first noticed him he was in Monsters Ball and, even though he had a small part, he was just so good in it...personally, his performance in Brokeback Mountain was one of the best ever...he was just so believable...this is awful for him and his family. If it was suicide I'm glad he is at peace but if it wasnt what a real tragedy.

2404 days ago
83.

Alexa    

OMG What a heartbreak!

2404 days ago
84.

I love it!    

IS DLISTED DOWN FOR ANYONE ELSE!!!!!!!!!

2404 days ago
85.

DeeDeeBabyDiva    

Shouldn't this "confidante" be off grieving? Why are they talking to TMZ? Y'all would be the LAST people on my damn mind.

2404 days ago
86.

build a bridge and get over it!    

I can't belive that a person jsut DIED and you are all being retarded on here!! SHOW SOME RESPECT!! He was a great actor ( one of my favorite.. minus brokeback mountain but that took guts to go trough with making) and he will be greatly missed!! R.I.P. HEATH!! YOUR AWSOME!!

2404 days ago
87.

Samantha    

wow some people can be heartless, yes he may be a celebrity but he is a human being. I don't care who it is or how he died, it is still a horrible thing to happen, and i feel so much for his family...he was a good actor and millions of people die each year from drug overdoses... Who cares if it's Heath Ledger. Shame on the people who leave comments like "Oh just another celebrity overdose..." have a heart he just left behind a 2 year old daughter. you should be looking at the man he was not the man we went out as...Have some heart for that little girl and the rest of his family, you wouldn't want people laughing about you when you died!

2404 days ago
88.

Ashley    

if he was an abuser of substances as recently as a year ago, why would he use OTC pills if he wanted to OD?

2404 days ago
89.

LupeO    

I feel bad for his children.

2404 days ago
90.

Can't believe it    

Wow, this is so sad, he had tremendous talent! What a loss. I just feel really bad for Michelle and Matilda. To me this is like losing River all over again. All I can say is what a loss. RIP Heath

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