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Heath's Death Could Be Natural Causes

1/27/2008 12:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Heath LedgerIt sounds strange, but sources intimately connected with the Heath Ledger investigation tell TMZ it's possible the actor died of natural causes.

The reason they think that -- it's now appearing that the level of toxicity (from medication) in Ledger's system was low enough that it may not have caused his death. These sources say Heath's heart stopped. It could have been a heart attack but it's not certain, at least not yet. Although it's bizarre that a 28-year-old could die of natural causes, it happens.

We've also learned authorities do not believe the housekeeper heard Ledger snoring when she walked in his bedroom at around 1:00 PM. Sources tell us, a fireman observed rigor mortis in Ledger's jaw shortly after arriving on scene at around 3:30 PM. Sources say they now believe Ledger was dead for around three hours prior to their arrival, so they don't believe the housekeeper could have heard snoring.

Authorities are also annoyed at news reports that there may have been a sinister plot to remove illegal drugs from Ledger's apartment before cops and firemen arrived. There are reports out there that the masseuse called Mary-Kate Olsen and a plot was hatched to have her bodyguard remove certain drugs. Authorities tell us that's impossible, because the cops were there the entire time the bodyguard was present and there would have been no opportunity to carry out such a plan. They say it's a made up story.

As we first reported, the masseuse contacted the bodyguard because she knew he was a licensed EMT.

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31.

that.is.all    

Well...D U H...I said this the first day the news came out on his death. It happens people. Still so sad and tragic.

RIP my friend. We hardly knew you. I loved you.

2369 days ago
32.

Party 'till you die!    

I guess all the agencies are going to milk this death for everything they can. Luckily, no matter what it turns out to be, it won't ever get milked like they did A.N.Smith! That was ridiculous! What is sick is all the religious psychos talking smack and the conspiracy theories floating around. If He had of dies in L.A., you just know they would have tried to tie it somehow to Slutney! Too bad for Heath's friends, family, and especially his daughter!

2369 days ago
33.

Adrienne    

Sad, I am glad it was natural causes as opposed to some of the nonsense tmz and some of the commentors have posted

2369 days ago
34.

NIK    

I'm glad that this will put an end to the overdose theory. But how on earth does a seemingly healthy 28 year old die of natural causes? I mean, who hasn't experimented with drugs? I don't see how that could have ruined his heart that much. Strange.

2369 days ago
35.

JuicyGirl    

Accidental death from prescription drugs, even when they are correctly given, is now the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.

2369 days ago
36.

that.is.all    

So he must have died right around the time the housekeeper got there. She said she arrived at 12:30 PM.
Sadness.
RIP

2369 days ago
37.

Clinton    

Hey, DC #2, your standard aof what makes up "great" must be pretty low.

2369 days ago
38.

crazyj    

No matter what the report says, in my mind he did die of natural causes.
Heath was a beautiful person I feel in love with him and his work in the first movie i every watched with him in it.
Eventhough he is gone I will continue to watch and enjoy his films!!!!!!

2369 days ago
39.

Maggie    

The pneumonia may have weakened his immune system and body causing his heart to fail. If not treated properly pneumonia can cause death no matter what age a person is.

2369 days ago
40.

AF    

Please God that this is confirmed for the sake of his family and daughter

Good night sweet boy xx

2369 days ago
41.

getting irritated    



So many things wrong with this article, starting with the whole speculation crap again when there will not be any toxicology reports for another several days.

Also, DUH, people die of natural causes at any age, it's just not as common in young people.

And.......the masseuse did not call the bodyguard, she called the Olsen twin, who in turn called the bodyguard.

Finally, it was "news" organizations like TMZ who started the stupid rumours about a cover-up to remove drugs from the scene.

TMZ.........if you don't have an actual story, why make one up? Just run a "Best of..." cooter shots or something. Leave the serious journalism to the serious journalists. You are way out of your league with the Heath coverage, that was proven in the hours after his death.

2369 days ago
42.

that.is.all    

Amen to Reality. I totally agree. If you don't have the facts TMZ, STFU.

2369 days ago
43.

Clinton    

Adrienne, you're jumping the gun a little bit. "Natural Causes" is NOT the cause of death, - as of now there IS no "actual" cause of death. It is just the prevailing CURRENT and logical opinion. The actual cause(s) won't be known for a while longer.

2369 days ago
44.

Sharona    

You mean somebody might have gotten a story wrong....that's unbelievable!

2369 days ago
45.

Shawski    

Well, it IS possible. Remember, Sergei Grinkov?? Supremely in shape figure skater died on the ice of a heart attack. No drugs involved. Very young...too young. Don't discout the theory until the tox reports actually come out.

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