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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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taz64    

Let the man rest in peace! Whatever the reason he died, his family and child are devastated, does the public need to add to their pain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Move on with your lives and leave him alone.

2411 days ago
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toomanydoggies    

What's the point TMZ? You have not added one additional fact to the facts already disclosed to the public. The autopsy hasn't been completed yet. The story has not been told.

2411 days ago
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Robin    

What is wrong with the natural causes thing. Everyones body is different. My mom died at 32 of a heart attack. over worked and over stressed.

2411 days ago
94.

Luce    

This is what happens when nonprofessionals try to discuss medical examiner and crime scene business. That, or the MKO team bought you off. You couldn't be more wrong Wrong WRONG.

2411 days ago
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elwight    

Yes, someone so young can die of natural causes. So sad but true. All the hype from the junk news sucks ... can't let a good guy RIP. So the list goes on, my prayers go out to his family and those that love him. He will be missed as an actor, a friend and a person.

2411 days ago
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NumberOneStylist    

i dont believe drugs were involved...let the man rest in peace people.

2411 days ago
97.

dc    

Was the maid and massage therapist searched for drugs?????

2411 days ago
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DLB    

Amazing how so many are reading this as 100% set in stone, when in fact the headline says "could be"....I just wish the media would keep quiet until ALL the facts are in...All these stupid rumors are doing no service to the memory his daughter will one day learn about. A tragic end to a young man's life, no matter what the cause may be.

2411 days ago
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Magan    

If you're not interested in knowing how Heath died, why are we all here at TMZ discussing it?

2411 days ago
100.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

HEATH HAD AIDS from breaking that poor cowboys back

2411 days ago
101.

Tiger Tale    

Common people, Michelle kicked him out because of drug abuse.

He was wasted and died like Elvis, except he landed on the floor instead of the can.

2411 days ago
102.

NE    

Dying from natural causes happens, unfortunately. My 18 year old cousin, who was perfectly healthy just died in her sleep. They did an autopsy and it came up with nothing. Her heart just stopped and they couldn't figure out why.

2411 days ago
103.

Robert    

THIS MAN JUST GOT DONE FILMING MOVIE IN ENGAND { WHERE IT'S WINTER RIGHT NOW } JUMPED ON PLANE FOR HOME WITH PNUMONIA, THIS IS AN ILLNESS THAT DEHEYDRATES THE BODY VERY QUIKLY, THAT CAN DAMADGE THE HART. HE WILL BE MISED.

2411 days ago
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STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

rhinestone cowboy

2411 days ago
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el polacko    

nothing "strange" about this at all. people of all ages die for all sorts of 'natural' reasons. all this garbage abour "drugs" or a "hollywood lifestyle" is just that : garbage.

2411 days ago
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