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Heath's Family: He Did Not Kill Himself

1/22/2008 9:52 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has been contacted by a rep from Heath's family. The cops told the family Heath's death was accidental and there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide.

They are particularly distraught over media reports that he may have taken his own life. The family says he was not that kind of person.

As we just reported, Heath was ill with pneumonia when he died.

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61.

Cali Queen    

Sometimes it is best to wait for the answers instead of jumping to conclusions. Rest in peace Heath.

2409 days ago
62.

Jim    

I agree with the earlier comment posted: "another dumb dead doper." There is just nothing else to know or say. The end!

2409 days ago
63.

Mercury    

How about waiting until the facts are in before saying what you believe are the facts. Like most Aussies this has come out of the blue and is a tragic loss. His family need to be left in peace and not to be hounded by the media to get a story! We are all human, we all have feelings so give them the common courtesy of leaving them alone through this very personal and tragic time. His immediate family and close friends need the space to breath. STOP speculating and believing your pertraying the facts, you are NOT. This needs to stop.

2409 days ago
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roughdaddy    

of course the guy didnt kill himself, he was chasing after tails in manhanttan left and right!!!

2409 days ago
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Jake Gyllenhall    

55) My point being though that even the news outlets and paparazzi were saying today how private and lay low he was and that even the breakup was low key. Just saying many people have many skeletons....Heath may have had a pretty big one that finally did him in..

2409 days ago
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kk    

TMZ has reported news as it was developing, and so they were not the only ones to report a possible suicide. TMZ, I think you guys are doing a great job trying to get the lastest information to everyone. Heath Ledger was an extremely talented and beautiful person and he will be greatly missed by his fans.

2409 days ago
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Jake Gyllenhall    

Im putting my money on AIDS INDUCED PNEUMOCYSTINII PNEUMONIA!!!!! Look it up, the signs are all there....Aids folks..watch and see

2409 days ago
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Tara Kell    

just cant express the shock and sorrow i feel right now. when i first heard i kept saying"this cant be real." my heart breaks for Matilda and the rest of his family. That poor little girl is going to grow up without a father. The rest of his family has to go on living without this amazing man. We all have to go on without ever seeing his smiling face light up a room, screen, or picture ever again. So very heart breaking. May God keep you Heath. You will never know what you ment to so many people. I will NEVER forget you.
Love Tara Kell

2409 days ago
69.

Stella    

The Daily Mail (in England) said he'd been fighting a drug addiction (including heroin) for a while now....and that he was especially depressed when his relationship with Michelle Williams blew up last fall. Man it's awful! God bless you Heath. RIP....

2409 days ago
70.

UnderMySkinner    

"It takes a lot of pills to kill a 28 year old man."

No it doesn't, sorry to say so but you're wrong. The right combination in the right amount, throw in someone who's maybe taken something illegal in the past like speed which is what Heath seemed to be on most of the time and you have heart failure pure and simple.

2409 days ago
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Tara Kell    

just cant express the shock and sorrow i feel right now. when i first heard i kept saying"this cant be real." my heart breaks for Matilda and the rest of his family. That poor little girl is going to grow up without a father. The rest of his family has to go on living without this amazing man. We all have to go on without ever seeing his smiling face light up a room, screen, or picture ever again. So very heart breaking. May God keep you Heath. You will never know what you ment to so many people. I will NEVER forget you. Love Tara Kell

2409 days ago
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Ida Clair    

To the person that thinks if he had a drug problem, we'd know about. Many, many, many actors have substance abuse problems. Most are smart enough not to use in front of paps and generally keep it on the down low. That's why god invented publicists.

2409 days ago
73.

just me    

The guy scheduled an appointment with a masseuse and it was the masseuse and a housekeeper who found him dead. And according to news reports he was naked and face-down with pills scattered around him. Duh! Does that really sound like suicide? Sounds to me like he was preparing for his appointment, like someone who had a bottle of pills in hand and just dropped dead on the bed after getting out of the shower. My guess is that he had an underlying medical problem that triggered sudden death, probably an unknown medical problem. It happens a lot even to young people.

And another thing to look at is if the guy had been on a recent long haul flight. Sometimes within hours but usually within days of a long haul flight some people drop dead from the so-called "economy class syndrome," blood clots that form in the legs and can dislodge and travel to the brain or lungs and cause sudden death. It's a dirty little secret the airlines don't want people to associate with a sudden death days after a long flight. Something as simple as taking an aspirin before a long haul flight and an aspirin everyday for 2 or 3 days after the long flight can prevent those clots. Anyway, whatever the cause of death here, it sure does not sound like suicide.

2409 days ago
74.

Ida Clair    

He certainly looks and acts like a junky in that video from a couple of months ago.

2409 days ago
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Deviaous Ohio    

All i know is it is a shame we have lost yet another great young actor in the past few weeks and my heart goes out to the families.

2409 days ago
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