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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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106.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

cowboys like it both ways

2463 days ago
107.

MZ_50    

It's rare fo a man as young as Heath to die of a heart attack. I strongly believe he died of a broken heart!

2463 days ago
108.

just wondering    

....we are all obviously speculating here...with that said, clearly he had cardiac arrest, he was overtired, stessed out, probably had crazy adrenaline going on because of all of his travel and lack of sleep, throw in some sleeping aids...and bam...a major arrrhythmic event.

2463 days ago
109.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

yee haw homo cowboys forever

2463 days ago
110.

Right back at ya    

It seems to me that the majority of Media outlets (news, magazines, nightly entertainment shows, etc.) have become disrespectful, speculate and start rumors before the facts come in; the same applies to trashing reputations. When it comes down to it, ratings are what keep the "shows" going, and common decency doesn't mean a thing anymore.

2463 days ago
111.

Adrienne    

76. HEATH HAD AIDS from breaking that poor cowboys back

Posted at 8:33PM on Jan 26th 2008 by TMZZMT
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Spoken like a true wbc member, the nuts who picket funerals....

2463 days ago
112.

Mysty Maples    

Yeah, TMZ, make sure you include that AS WE FIRST REPORTED. So proud to be the major producer of all the trash about Heath.

2463 days ago
113.

blt    

Well....I for one am getting sick of all of the contradictions flying around about this man.
I'm passing on reading posts about him until ALL of the facts are in.

2463 days ago
114.

elwight    

As I read the comments I see alot of people who are right ... we need to wait for all the facts. We also should respect his family and allow them to grieve. Some of the comments are down right NASTY ... maybe some one is just jealous. Heath was a talented actor. He loved his daughter. These are undeniable facts. He handpicked the roles he wanted, even if they were controversial. Though I didn't watch Brokeback Mountain ... I still respected his choice to make it. It did not change how I felt about him as an actor.

2463 days ago
115.

JM    

IF BRODY JENNER DON'T STAY AWAY FROM MY WOMAN, I'M A FIND OUT WHO HE IS...

2463 days ago
116.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

adrienne r u male or female some people like homos and some dont

2463 days ago
117.

I luv Jon    

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.

Posted at 8:37PM on Jan 26th 2008 by Forensic expert

Ok, Forensic expert, what is right?

2463 days ago
118.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

i really didnt realize how cowboys stayedwarm out there in therange

2463 days ago
119.

STOP CALLING HIM REV,    

i really didnt realize how cowboys stayedwarm out there in therange

2463 days ago
120.

Obama Hussein Barak is the Anti-Christ    

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

2463 days ago
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