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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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91.

ME    

IT SAYS ON YAHOO ALL THE DRUGS THAT WERE FOUND IN HIS SYSTEM. I THINK HE WAS TRYING TO KILL HIMSELF BECAUSE ANYONE SHOULD KNOW YOU CAN'T MIX THAT MANY DRUGS.

2388 days ago
92.

ME    

HE DIED FROM ACUTE INTOXICATION BY COMBINED EFFECTS OF OXYCODONE, HYDROCODONE, DIAZEPAN, TEMAZEPAN, ALPRAZOLAM AND DOXYLAMINE. WHY IN THE HELL WOULD HE TAKE ALL OF THAT. I THINK HE TRIED TO KILL HIMSELF.

2388 days ago
93.

not quite sure    

if he was getting prescriptions for different drugs from different doctors from anywhere in or out of the country, there is no way any one doctor can be held at fault, if he is not aware of the other different medications. I can't believe any one of these doctors outright knew he was on all this other heavy stuff, and still prescribed more and more of it. With records and paper trails, they know they would eventually be caught, and probably sued at the least. So often young people think things like this can never happen to them. Will never know exactly what happend, but just so sad all around.

Scary to imagine that the last time Ledger closed his eyes that day, was the last time forever.

2388 days ago
94.

jeff    

I think that they mean that he accidentally took the drugs. Like he meant to put them in his medicine cabinet but got mixed up and ate them. That happens all the time. I almost accidentally took some vicodin, valium, oxycontin, soma, demerol and percocdt just the other day.

2388 days ago
95.

Laura    

Now we've found out, let's let him rest in peace, and let the family grieve in privacy.

2388 days ago
96.

JUST THE FACTS    

His Australian family was with him a few weeks before his death, and they didn't see this "odd" behavior coming???
Come on. Maybe if they had not treated him like their "beautiful boy," they would have taken some action and not appease him. His behavior in a November 07 video interview was bizarre, and showed there was something very wrong with him. I've seen the video of his drug use with fellow celebrities on a six -hour binge the night of the Academy Awards .
That activity superseded his being with the mother of his newly born daughter. He was an accident waiting to happen.

2388 days ago
97.

Anon    

Please stop this! That you people could be so judgmental is beyond belief. This man's death was a tragic accident. Scripts are given out every day that result in deaths. Pharmacists should run cross checks on their computers to make sure that the patient has not been over prescribed by either one or more physicians, and that the patient has been advised of the dangers of cross-medicating or over-medicating. Those warning labels can be confusing, and it's easy to forget how many pills one takes when you've taken one too many. The cross-med side effects can impair judgment big time.

If you take more than 1 pill during any prescribed time frame, you are abusing that med!

This was a highly respected actor whose work will be remembered by many. May he rest in peace.

2388 days ago
98.

just me    

It was just about a week ago when TMZ reported hearing from "connected" sources that the level of toxicity of drugs in his system was not high enough to have killed him and that he died of (as yet undetermined) "natural causes." So much for the reliability of TMZ "sources." Seems TMZ very often can not be more wrong than if the information they report came from casual passerbys on random street corners.

2388 days ago
99.

Jeff    

As a crime scene detective I have worked numerous death investigations and never have I seen this many mixtures of meds as an accidental death. Mixtures of this many meds is usually intentional, resulting in suicide. May he rest in peace.

2388 days ago
100.

William Lamb    

Sorry, to all of you defending him and his actions as accidental need to take a hard look at life. Obviously Heath was addicted to meds and more than likely was in no mental state to be caring for himself and overdosed. Taking 6 different types of drugs at the same time is not an accident. either he was not smart enough to understand the risks or he didn't care about them...

In no way was this an "accident"

2388 days ago
101.

royal b***h    

#92 Excellent comment

#66 Learn how to spell-then you can call people names

#69 Darling you would not want to be near me

2388 days ago
102.

Vallie    

I don´t think that anyone of you that are writing all the rude messages ever have had trouble sleeping. When you havn´t slept enough for days or even weeks, you can´t think clear. When my insomnia was at worst, I would have taken every pill I could get just to be able to sleep. You can´t think clear and you forget things all the time. It doesn´t matter if he was famous or not, this could have happened to anyone. What´s the point of blaiming him, his family or the doctors? Keep your stupid comments somewhere else and let the ppl who cares write here instead.

Heath was one of the best actors I knew, his accent and his looks made me so happy, I will miss him and I will miss all the movies he isn´t gonna make in the future.

Rest in peace.

2388 days ago
103.

darzie    

oxycodone
vicodin
valium
xanas
restoril
nyquil derivatives (doxylamine)

pharmacists DO cross check on their computers

accident or not. he's paid the price.
it's a shame.
but if a doctor orders drugs they must dispense it.
something tells me the oxycodone wasn't a prescription written for him.

2388 days ago
104.

Skye    

I know first hand what Pain Killers and Xanax (not to mention the rest of drugs in Heath's system) there is NO WAY that anyone that has these drugs prescribed to them does not know what the risks are.You know your own limits. Even if addicted to drugs you know how much is enough till you 'need' your next pill(s). Who are we to say this Man did this by 'accident'? I think we should all pray for his family, esp. his Child. One day she will read all we are writing. Think how you would feel if people sais your Dad commited suicide. I know it would make me feel. R.I.P HEATH.

2388 days ago
105.

Alexandra    

FIRST ALMOST EVERYONE WAS SAYING, AND JUST TO FIND AN EXCUSE FOR HIS DEATH, THAT HE DIED OF A COCAINE AND HEROIN OVERDOSE! MEDIA TRYING TO BUILT A DRUG ADDICT IMAGE...EVEN A VIDEO FROM 2 YEARS AGO WERE ALMOST BROADCAST! SOME PEOPLE, SEEMED TO NEED TO MAKE OF HEATH A DRUG ADDICT AND IT WAS COCAINE AND HEROINE THAT KILLED HIM SELF..AND THEY HAVE PROVES...SAW HIM USING DRUGS..BLABLABLA..SOME SAID, U WILL SEE WHEN THE REPOSTS COME OUT THAT HEROINE AND COCAINE WAS IN HIS BODY!
NO COCAINE OR HEROINE FOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ACCIDENTAL DEATH! PERIOD!
BUT NO! THAT STUPID PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE HEATH LOOK LIKE A JUNKIE...IT WAS NOT HEROINE OR COCAINE..IT WAS PRESCRISPTIONS DRUGS! LEGAL!!!! BUT WTF IT'S DRUGS..U SAY! HE DIED BECAUSE HE USED DRUGS! LEGAL..BUT DRUGS! WHY DO U ALL DO THIS! WHY DO U NEED TO MAKE HEATH LOOK LIKE HE KIIL HIM SELF! IKE Z JUNKIE SOMEONE SAID..LEGAL OR ILEGAL IT'S A JUNKIE! WTF! HAVE U EVER BEEN SICK? DEPRESSIVE? EVEN FOR A FLU U NEED DRUGS! BECAUSE TO CURE IT U HAVE TO TAKE ANTIBIOTICS: DRUG!
I DIDN'T NOW HEATH! BUT I'VE BEEN DEPRESSIVE AND I SUFFER OF ANXIETY AND SLEEP TROUBLE...I BELIEVE, WITH ALL MY HEART, THAT HE TOOK IT THINK IT WAS OK! MAYBE HE TOOK IT BEFORE...U DON'T KNOW! HE HAD 5 PILLS...SO WHAT? THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO TAKE 16 PILLS A DAY TO CURE A DISEASE!
DON'T BE SUCH AN IGNORANT AND SAY STUPID THINGS WHEN U DON'T KNOW NOTHING AT ALL! WE WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPEN THAT NIGHT..HOW WAS HE..MAYBE HE JUST TOOK THE 5 PILLS LIKE HE ALWAYS DID BEFORE..MAYBE NOW..THE HEART COULDN'T TAKE MORE! u know..u culd die for an heart attack just for being to anxious and stress out! DON'T SPIT IN THE AIR..IT MIGHT FALL IN UR HEADS!
LET HEATH REST IN PEACE...THIS IS VERY SAD...ACCIDENTS HAPPEN..THAT WHY THEY CALL IT ACCIDENTS! I DON'T BELIEVE HE MADE IT ON PURPOSE! THINK BEFORE U SAY STUPID THINGS! WHEN U HAVE A DREPRESSION..IT'S TERRIBLE..U JUST WANT IT TO BE OK...AND U THINK TAKING THIS MEDICATIONS WILL MAKE EFFECT ... MY THOUGHTS TO THE FAMILY AND MATILDA AND MICHELLE

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