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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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carrie    

To the people that even bring homosexuality into the picture, he was acting.......look up in the dictionary what "acting" means. All of you just look stupid and ignorant.

2427 days ago
482.

carrie    

To horsangels, I do remember them. They were incredible. Sergei died of an undiagnosed heart condition. The autopsy reavealed that it was something he was born with. Sad.

2427 days ago
483.

emrb    

i was shocked to hear what happened to heath. That being said.... what would have been the point of the bodyguard hiding the drugs??? He was already dead. That would just be stupid. Leave him alone... let him rest in peace.

2427 days ago
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j    

even few months ago he looked like he was on coke or some other type of drug he wasnt looking healthy AT ALL so ya thats y they found other drugs besides pills feel bad for him he was a good actor and his poor daughter who he ruined it and did it sooo young it is sad

2427 days ago
485.

Cdawg    

ok...who cares what "sources say"? its POINTLESS to speculate until the toxicology reports come out. Remember anna nicole? People speculated for weeks, or how about Donda West, eveyone thought the plastic surgeon did it and they were wrong.
Don't waste you time speculating. Its really not our business anyway, its a private matter for his family and Heath probably would not want a bunch of strangers who NEVER knew him posting all these speculative stories about him for his daughter to read 20 years from now.

Let it go............at least until the toxicology reports come out.

TMZ ur sooo corny somtimes...geez!!!!!

2427 days ago
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nobodyelsebrokedownlastnight    

ekatrina married that other skater guy,russian,single male champion,blond and very good looking,they also make a very good pair,she knew sergie most od her life and he was a few years older this guy was new,young,fresh,they had a couple of kids to add to the little girl her and sergie had,i am drawing a blank on his name,you know who i mean,anyway i was happy for her,they seem really very happy and she does not seem as quiet.
CHRISTINA WTF why would you post an article like that just to prove rigor set's in at a certian time,like i want to know all that crap about my loved ones who have passed away,thanks for the visual,what were you thinking?!!!!!!!!!

2427 days ago
487.

Margo    

That's right TMZ- start cleaning up all the mud you drug Heath through.

2427 days ago
488.

Chantal    

I didn't believe from the start that he could of OD'd. People reporting his death never really bring up that he had pneumonia and I can't imagine what state his immune system was in since he wasn't getting enough sleep. What a tragic loss...

2427 days ago
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LISALET    

#64 HOW THICK ARE YOU? THE AUTOPSY HAS BEEN DONE OR HIS BODY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RELEASED AND WOULD NOT NOW BE FLYING HOME TO AUSTRALIA FOR BURIAL!! FACT YOU TWERP!! IT'S SAD THAT ONE OF THE FIRST POSTS ABOUT HEATHS DEATH CALLED HIM JUST ANOTHER DRUGGED UP STAR WHO DESERVED NO SYMPATHY WHATSOEVER. TMZ AND ALL THE PAPPARAZZI FOR ALL THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE KNOW NOTHING POSITIVE SO THEY MAKE UP STORIES BASED ON RUMOURS WITHIN THE GUTTER PRESS! WE WILL KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME AND THE TOXICOLOGY AND OTHER RESULTS ARE KNOWN - NO MAN WHO DIES HOWEVER SHOULD DIE WITHOUT SYMPATHY FOR THE LOSS OF A LIFE , ESPECIALLY ONE CUT SO SHORT AS HEATH LEDGERS WAS TRAGICALLY. RIP - FOREVER FREE.

2427 days ago
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bunny    

It's very sad, but I don't think he's been well for a long long time.
His skin was pasty and he looked old beyond his years. I'm
thinking he may have had an illness that he wasn't aware of.
You'd think, though, that his family and closest friends would
have noticed it and encouraged him to have a thorough medical.
Rest In Peace, Heath.

2427 days ago
491.

John    

Sure, if you call your body's reaction to overdosing as a natural cause.

2427 days ago
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rachel    

I'm glad they fooled the press and everyone else!!! keep it private for christsakes!!!! not every dead celebrity is
fair game!!! rest in peace heath!!!

2427 days ago
493.

ADD    

That looks like a picture of Drew Lachey. Not a great profile. Guess it doesn't matter now.

2427 days ago
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hil    

I hope this is the case rather than an honest mistake of taking prescription drugs. On Cnn.com though they are saying in the 911 report that his torso was still warm meaning he could have passed away 20 min before emergency workers arrived. This whole thing has just made me so sad. RIP Heath. We all miss you!

2427 days ago
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NUMbnuts    

WHERE WAS OJ WHEN ALL THIS CAME DOWN???

PROBABLY OUT THERE LOOKING FOR THE REAL KILLERS!!!

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