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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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91.

Ande    

A talented young man and a terrific actor. Too young . . . only twenty-eight! No matter what the cause of death, this is a sad, sad story. I remember Heath Ledger in THE PATRIOT; a small part, but he shone.

So sorry to hear of this tragedy, for him and his baby girl.

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92.

allele    

this is sooooo shocking.... such a waste of hotness

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93.

lilmiss    

i tried perez 2...getting an error msg... and what happened the the stream???wtf?

2436 days ago
94.

you know    

This is the sixties all over again. It is heart breaking to watch these talented young people dropping like flies.

2436 days ago
95.

SoyGata    

Hmmm... I wonder if drugs had anything to do with his breakup from Michelle Williams.

2436 days ago
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teddybear2670    

as an Austraian i am shocked to hear of heaths death and thoughts go out to his daugther and famiy from perth western austraia. rest in peace.

2436 days ago
97.

Alexa    

His poor parents. There's nothing worse than losing a child.

2436 days ago
98.

MALUPE    

PLEASE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!HOW MANY OF US HAVE TO ACTUALLY DIE AND BE KNOWN FOR TAKING THESE STUIPID SUBSTANCES CALLED: SLEEPING PILLS,DOPE,ETC..... WHATEVER!!!!!!!!LETS TRY AND LIVE OUR LIVES IN REAL PEACE WITHOUT ALL THIS CHEMICAL CRAP TO RELY ON! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!HAVE WE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE ,OR WILL WE AS A SOCIETY CONTINUE TO GIVE UP OUR TIME ON THIS PLANET FOR SOME LOUSY PILLS,CRACK,BOOZE,WHATEVER YOUR CHOICE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE ARE OTHER FOLKS COUNTING ON US ,LIKE OUR CHILDREN,OUR PARENTS,ARE FREAKING PLANET THAT IS ALSO GOING DOWN HILL!!!!!!!IS THIS ALL WE HAVE TO OFFER? P.S.: I'M INCLUDING MYSELF IN THIS WARNING,BECAUSE, I TOO. DIP INTO WHAYEVER MAKES ME GO TO SLEEP FASTER OR MAKES ME FORGET YESTERDAY!! THIS WHOLE NATION IS SICK AND WE NEED MORE LOVE AND PATIENCE IN OUR LIVES VS- SUBSTANCE ABUSE!!!!!!!WAKE UP PEOPLE! THIS WAS A BEAUTIFUL MAN,A TALENTED MAN,& A FATHER!!!!!!!!!WHERE IS DADDY NOW?

2436 days ago
99.

cindy1975    

Let him rest in peace, leave him alone. He deserves his privacy just as much as we do. So turn your cameras off and let him rest in peace.

2436 days ago
100.

mercedes    

sorry for little matilda.

2436 days ago
101.

PsychoDas    

Performers give everything they have and we suck the life out of them in a weak attempt to make up for our mundane existence. Let Heath go in peace and dignity. Or get in front of the camera and do something.

2436 days ago
102.

Sarah    

Addicted huh? Surprise surprise!!! Who isn't addicted to drugs that is rich and famous. It is like candy. Why are all the actresses and models size 0...not the "I lost 20 pounds in 1 week" Nah. Its more like " I snorted an ounce of coke in 1 night!" This is very very sad, but not shocked. Expect more celebrities to die this way soon. One after another. Watch their wonderful lifes be ruined.

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103.

big blue lover    

It is such a shame that so many entertainers and athletes ahve to turn to drugs. Why can't they look at the joys of life thru their children's eyes. Remember to enjoy ALL the gifts that GOD grants us. Watch a child when they discover all the firsts in life. It is a wonderful gift

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104.

helene    

may he rest in peace!

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105.

capri69    

Has anyone over the age of 12 posted yet???? Most of these posts are cruel and moronic.

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