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Jack on Heath: "I Warned Him"

1/23/2008 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The paparazzi broke the news of Heath Ledger's death to Jack Nicholson in London last night -- and he had an eerie reaction to the news.


The photogs told Jack that Heath overdosed, but right now the evidence is pointing away from a suicide. At a presser today in London, Jack specifically warned the crowd against Ambien, saying he almost drove off a cliff while using the sleep aid. He added that he never knew Heath.

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LN    

what a dolt. Who the hell DRIVES a vehicle after taking a sleep med?!! Hollywood is going to hell in a handbasket.

2401 days ago
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freespirit    

On ET tonight they showed this clip and also showed the rest of it where Jack was actually referring to Ambien where he's warned a lot of people regarding this medication because he's had a bad experience with it where he almost drove off a cliff while under that medication. I think that sometimes TMZ like to create their own news so they can generate post after post after post of the same subject, creating, negating, creating and again changing position. I guess it's a lot to ask from papparazzi to have just a tad of integrity.

2401 days ago
63.

Carla    

From what I've read in various sources was that Jack and Heath had only met once. Jack was upset that he didn't get the Joker part and he let Heath know. It was the only time they had ever communicated with eachother. Heath didn't find the experience pleasant so he's avoided any socializing with Jack since. Did Jack tell Heath something about the Joker role being tough? I don't know.

2401 days ago
64.

mika    

what da hell was jack doing driving after he took ambien. it's called a "sleep aid" to help you sleep, not help you drive.. fool.

2401 days ago
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David Lane    

Why does the title say Jack says I warned him where in the actual article it says Jack never knew Heath? Are the editors retarded or just not paying attention?

2401 days ago
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ariez's mommy    

The fact that people were laughing when Jack said " I warned him" is soooooo sicking!! This guy was sick and it's horrible!! He was a great actor and we all have to remember that he still has a little one that he left behind!! Jack has even made other statements about him "warning" the general public about Ambien, I think that he was refering to that statement as general, not closly related to Heath!

2400 days ago
67.

tish-bear    

a little bit harsh on that comment #4 wouldn't you say?? YIKES - have some compassion. should we really hold much stock in what jack nicholson has to say about this? not to point fingers but isn't it pretty well known that nicholson doesn't exactly shy away from drugs.....i mean, my god, every time he makes a public appearance he seems coked up. not to disrespect a hollywood legend but i think it was in bad taste and HIGHLY irresponsible for him to make a comment like this to the press.

2400 days ago
68.

cheech    

Nicholson almost drove off a cliff after taking Ambien? Duh -- not supposed to operate machinery after taking a dose - including driving. Ambien is a sleep aid -- apparently Jack must have mixed up the pill bottles and thought he was taking No-Doze.

2399 days ago
69.

Ed Vick    

I'll be glad when people stop making a joke of this man's death. Whether he had money or not, if it was anyone else's relative, it wouldn't be funny. Show some respect to the man's family.

2399 days ago
70.

belly    

he said's who?
they say Heath Ledger
He said's that's terrible? how?
overdose
he sads i warned him!

very weird.. maybe it's in regards to family in the spot light never works out... because of Heath recent seperation........ soo sad!

2399 days ago
71.

James Lago    

What does he talk about? He warned him what? does anyone know what he does talk about?

2399 days ago
72.

RAIN    

IN REPLY TO COMMENT#4, SHUT THE F**K UP!!! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE REALLY GO THROUGHT... SO TAKE YOUR HEAD OUTA YOUR AZZ AND SHOW SOME RESPECT!!!

HEATH, MAY YOU SOUL REST IN PEACE..WE LOVE YOU

-RAIN

2399 days ago
73.

dude    

Jack is the man

2399 days ago
74.

heathsgal1985    

That is SO sad. What kind of sick, twisted mind does Jack have?? He smirks after his comment almost like he's enjoying Heaths passing. Just seeing Heaths pictures leaves an empty...painful feeling in my chest...my stomach turns just thinking about him no longer being here with us...how can people be so insensitve??? rest in peace Heath....you will live on through your family, friends, and fans.....you will never be forgotten...

2399 days ago
75.

Doppelganger    

Jack was not being an a$$hole in the light of Heaths death, many of you may not know that he truly did warn him. Jack spoke one on one with Heath about his addiction to Ambien, and how it almost killed him once. When he said "I warned him", he was speaking in reference to that. It had nothing to do with the Joker role.

Sure Heath Ledger's death is tragic, but Im sorry, I cannot feel sorry for someone who caused his own death due to an addiction. He had the power to stop and he did not.

2397 days ago
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