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Ledger's Death Doesn't Look Like Suicide

1/23/2008 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Multiple sources in the NYPD tell TMZ, although it's too early to know, it's looking like Heath Ledger's death was accidental and not suicide.

There have been numerous reports suggesting that Ledger took his own life by ingesting a boatload of pills. Contrary to initial reports, the pills that were "scattered" around Ledger's apartment were actually in containers. We're told the containers were not littering the apartment. Rather, some were in the medicine cabinet and some in other rooms. As we reported, one container was on Ledger's nightstand. Cops found sleeping pills and an anti-anxiety drug in the bedroom.

A rep for the family tells TMZ that detectives have been in touch with Ledger's next of kin and the cops told them that so far there is no evidence suggesting suicide. Of course, until the toxicology reports come in, no one knows for sure.

A well-connected source in the NYPD told us this morning the "operating theory" right now within the department is that it was an accidental death, not suicide.

It's unclear if Ledger's health was a factor. As we first reported, he had pneumonia at the time of his death.

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76.

Stephanie    

My heart breaks for his daughter, family and anyone touched by Heath. It is trully a sad ending to the beginning of a wonderful career and fatherhood. He was so talented, I will miss him and am deeply saddened by the news.,. I am still in shock,
Rest in Peace Heath, We loved you!!!

2402 days ago
77.

TEAM MEL    

Heath, I just can't quit you.

2402 days ago
78.

Mhenad    

"...AND NOW HIS DAUGHTER THAT HE ADORED WON'T HAVE HER FATHER!

Posted at 10:03AM on Jan 23rd 2008 by ME"

Looks like YOU have father issues. Go deal with your own and let the man rest in peace.

2402 days ago
79.

kim suck    

. i couldn't care less this douch has all the money in the wolrd and yet died like a junky. that shows money doesn't bring happiness and yet with all that money he could afford the best care in the world for his addiction. what a loser, punk.

Posted at 9:23AM on Jan 23rd 2008 by VLad

well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2402 days ago
80.

val    

Ok, for the idiots saying "who cares, he was a junky" they need to check themselves for a moment. If they had lost someone in their family, they wouldn't be saying that.
My heart goes out to his family, especially to his daughter. It's a shame to lose someone so young. I lost my father suddenly and unexpectedly at a young age, but I was blessed to have 23 years with him. That poor little girl will only have 2., and probably won't remember him by the time she is grown.
They are all in my prayers.

2402 days ago
81.

DesertChildAZ    

I think this was a lethal combination of too many Ambiens with his anti-anxiety medication. I honestly don't think the public is really informed on what medications, and in what quantities, they can combine safely. It is because of those lengthy "disclaimers" in the packaging that are impossible to read because it's like reading a formal contract just to figure out what is in a medication and what the side effects are. They need to make it simpler and they need to be specific...such as "do not exceed 3 pills over 24 hours and do not combine with the following medications: xyz".

2402 days ago
82.

pthrift    

68. How is an overdose not suicide? It tells you on the bottle not to mix drugs or take too many. People have such a hard time accepting someone taking their life that they would rather think it was an "accidential" overdose. Taking drugs makes him a much better person than someone who takes them to die? It could of been a suicide but just because the drugs were i differet areas it's ot considered one. He was depressed and in need of help so this was no accident and the family is just going to have to deal with that.

Its really easy to not be a suicide, take for instance you are so tired you can sleep or think straight so you take a sleeping pill, not thinking of how it will react with any other prescriptions you are on. When you get to the point of tiredness that I am thinking he was at, it is very logical to see how this could happen accidentally.

2402 days ago
83.

GW    

When I heard I thought it must be a mistake. So sad to lose a great actor so young. And to those who are
dissing him withoutany facts - grow up. RIP Heath. God Bless.

2402 days ago
84.

sammi    

Crap I left out whomever ME is. Well doesn't the name me say it all????????? Sick, Sick, jealous ignorant people!

2402 days ago
85.

SUN    

If he truly tried to commit suicide, then when they do an autopsy, there will be massive amounts of the same drug in his body.

If he just kind of didnt care, and wanted sleep, or to feel better, then he probably took a few too many pills, or a mixture of soemthing probably feeling this was nothing. Trust me when you are a pill taker, you normally get use to your pills, and slowly add more to do the same afeect, but not wanting to end your life.

2402 days ago
86.

Taffy Titz    

70. OMG! U r gay!!!

2402 days ago
87.

BOGDANA    

a combination of a perfectly legal ambien and xanax plus either alcohol or an underlying heart condition can kill someone silently while they sleep. poor ledger. especially poor mattie.

2402 days ago
88.

LPJ26    

Show some respect for Heath... u dont know what really happend...

2402 days ago
89.

DesertChildAZ    

#68:

An overdose is taking more drugs than is safe to take. Suicide is the intentional cause of ones own death. An accidental overdose is when someone, who does not intend to cause his own death, unknowingly mixes drugs that, when combined, causes their death. Heath's death is not a case of a person taking lethal doses of cocaine or crack, as some people tend to associate whenever they hear the term "overdose". This is a case of a very insomniac and stressed person, likely on a daily dosage of anti-anxiety medication for the depression he was suffering over the break-up of his relationship, taking 3 or 4 Ambien sleeping pills to go to sleep while jetlagged upon returning from shooting in London and dying from it. This is a man who probably wanted to sleep but did not want to die. There's a huge difference between a crackhead and a person trying to get some sleep. It's a distinction that much of the media is not clarifying and, as a result, is stigmatizing the memory of a very goodhearted and kind person.

2402 days ago
90.

pamcakes73    

VLad, you are the idiot. You're just jealous that you don't have his money, or his lifestyle, or his family. You have no right to say anything about him until the toxicology reports come out. How do you know he was an addict? You don't know anything about him, just like the rest of us. Anyway, you shouldn't talk about the dead - remember he has a baby girl, and a beautiful ex -girlfriend who will read the trash you wrote about him.

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