Saturday, February 9, 2008

Heath Ledger memorial service

A memorial service has take place for Australian actor Heath Ledger, who died recently in New York died from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs. The service was attended by over 100 people, although the actual funeral was only be attended by Ledger's close family. Before the funeral Heath's father, Kim Ledger said that "the funeral will be very, very private and there will only be 10 people there, immediate family and nobody else."

In addition to family, the memorial service was attended by several actors and actresses who have acted with Ledger, including Cate Blanchlett and Michelle Williams, who was previously Ledger's fiancee.

The Ledger family asked the media not to visit the funeral they say they will find it easier to cope without the media at the funeral. He said that "It's a pretty sad time. We're finding it difficult to cope by ourselves, let alone cope with everybody around the world." He did continue, however, by saying that the family "do really appreciate the outpouring and the emotional support from all over the globe."

Ledger starred in the 2005 movie Brokeback Mountain where he was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He also starred in the 2000 movie The Patriot with Mel Gibson.

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