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M.E. Calls Ledger Death "Accident"

2/6/2008 12:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The medical examiner has ruled that Heath Ledger's death is an "accident," resulting from the "abuse of prescription medications."

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16.

Glenda of Redondo Beach, cA    

When taking prescription medications it is very important to write down what you have taken and when. Many people die everyday from an accidental prescription medication overdose.

I hope the media will stop knocking Heath for his overdose. It was clearly and accident.

2416 days ago
17.

Catsy2    

This has got to stop. Too many people are prescribed medications that can be toxic if taken in the wrong or improper combinations or quantities. There aren't enough warnings or support systems to inform people who are taking these scripts. This type of tragic accident happens every day.

I hope this puts to rest the media feeding frenzy that assumed Heath OD's from heroine, or other illegal substances. Rest in peace, Heath. You will be missed.

2416 days ago
18.

anne    

Did we learn nothing from the death of Anna Nicole or Elvis for that matter. Don't mix perscription drugs it will turn deadly in the end. Such a shame that stars go to an array of MD's that don't confer with one another on what their patients are taking. It could save countless lives. Heath was taken too soon and in such a preventable manner, I hope we all learn from his accident. RIP!

2416 days ago
19.

Tilley    

This is why you should only take meds. prescribe to you by a doctor you trust. People think just because it a prescriptions that it's safe to take with anything. Very sad....

2416 days ago
20.

Stacey    

Doctors are very "quick" to prescribe any meds these days. So sad that it had to end like this....
Rest In Peace Heath

2416 days ago
21.

Zanie    

ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD DRUGGIE COVERUP...THEY PROTECT THEIR OWN OUT THERE...UNBELIEVABLE THEY COULD CALL THIS ACCIDENTAL...WHEN ARE YOU HOLLYWOOD DRUGGIES GOING TO STOP BEING SO STUPID

2416 days ago
22.

Cartman    

What is it with people always wanting to blame someone else?

Heath is responsible for his own death.

Popping pills like tic-tacs is his own fault. Too bad he didn't know Sam Lutfi then people could blame him for this too, haha.

2416 days ago
23.

Kate    

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That's the society we live in today: Pop a pill, feel better. So sad...




2416 days ago
24.

Dawn Day    

How can they rule it accidental and not suicidal? Because he didn't leave a note?

If you are depressed you may not intentionally try to kill yourself with a bunch of pills but that doesn't mean you don't care if you die. Accidental suicide is more like it.

2416 days ago
25.

Doc    

It’s sad, of course. But the guy died basically because he’s an idiot. It’s highly unlikely that any doctor ordered him to take all those medication at once. Just because you have them doesn’t mean you should take them – all at the same time. Any young death is tragic. But just because this man was an actor was his death any more tragic than someone else? I don’t get it. It’s terrible for his family. The rest of us will survive. But let this be a lesson to any moron who doesn’t bother to read the warning label on their meds.

2416 days ago
26.

Kristina    

Alprazolam = Xanax
Diazepam = Valium
Hydrocodone = Vicodin
Oxycodone = Oxycontin
Temazepam = Restoril
Doxylamine = ?

WOW, those are some crazy strong meds, no wonder he died. No one should cever ombine powerful drugs like that...

2416 days ago
27.

msfanni    

Didn't someone tell him how and when to take the medications???

The directions come on the bottles! DUH! He knew how to take the drugs. He chose to abuse them.

2416 days ago
28.

ATLchick    

Very sad. It was NOT suicide.

2416 days ago
29.

Lenn K.    

Don't forget this didn't start with Elvis and Anna Nicole, also Marilyn Monroe and a few other celebs have been a part of the abuse of prescribed medication!!

2416 days ago
30.

Cartman    

I think "unintentional suicide" would be a better description than "accident" although it's all semantics.

2416 days ago
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