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Heath's Dad -- "Heath Touched So Many People"

1/22/2008 11:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heath Ledger's father, Kim Ledger, flanked by his family, released a statement on Australian television.


We, Heath's family, confirm, the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda. He was found peacefully asleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. U.S. time.

We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their well wishes and kind thoughts at this time. Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life but few had the pleasure of truly knowing him.

He was a down to earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and selfless individual who was extremely inspirational to many. Please now respect our families need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately.

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RedFox    

Thanks for the good post very interesting

2324 days ago
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Taytay    

so sad

2376 days ago
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Danielle    

What a horrible tragedy. My heart goes out to his family and friends and loved ones during this time. I hope his soul is in a better place now.

2376 days ago
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former SFV resident    

R.I.P Heath

2376 days ago
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Toxiliciois    

RIP, Heath.

Your legacy lives on through your daughter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIW7WXPb-dc

2376 days ago
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Jan    

I pray the cause of death will be pneumonia for the parents' and his daughter's sakes, not drugs.

2376 days ago
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Adrienne    

My thoughts are with his family

2376 days ago
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bluebowser    

Again such a tragedy. I hope the family can find comfort in the life of his daughter. God Bless the family during this most emotional time. And may God provide Heath with love and open arms.

2376 days ago
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heathfan    

To the Ledger Family, my condolences. To Matilda, I'm so sorry you lost your Daddy at such a young age.

An Aussie Heath Ledger Fan

2376 days ago
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Rob    

Rest In Peace Heath. This is such a shock. May the Lord be with you.

2376 days ago
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Cayse    

We can only realize that Heath is in a much better place now. Of course, he left many others behind who loved him and the main thing we can do is give them our thoughts and prayers.

We love you Heath!

2376 days ago
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ally    

so sad, his poor daughter

2376 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

HE LOOKED LIKE HIS DAD...I STILL CANT BELIEVE THIS... SO SAD

2376 days ago
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Onyx76    

This is so sad. Heath was a great actor and he will be missed. Best wishes to his family in Australia and to his daughter and Michelle. RIP Heath :(

2376 days ago
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LovlyMzJada    

MIchelle, MIltilda and Heaths family.and friends in the entertainment world as well as personal friends...may you be able to celebrate Heaths life and remember Heaths laugh, how he sat watching reading a script, drinking a coffee, playing on the floor, or carrying his daughter, or giving advice, or while driving around, just trying to be the regular Joe he missed being. Remember the smells of working hard, scents of colonge, the way he would eat or just sit there and watch you. Embrace all of those feelings now...and smile ..let yourself smile..let your self cry...let yourself live knowing you had the ultimate privelage of knowing heath, in his prime, in his vunerablity, in his dreams and in all of his compassions.for life, for acting, for loving and for being a son, a father. a friend and a husband From our Family the Johnstones,via edmonton alberta- to all of you..our hearts are with you. May your grieving be together with those around you that knew Heath Ledger...as a quiet, loving yet complicated young man...who will be missed..by us "his Fans" Special regards to Miltilda...your Father was amazing and you met the world to him, it was in his smile, in his eyes and in his words when he spoke of you openly to the world. GOD BLESS~
PJOHNSTONE

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