Heath Ledger, an Australian actor, had a small but impressive filmography that included critically acclaimed roles in films including The Patriot, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight in which he played the villainous Joker.
Ledger, who was born on April 4, 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, is an actor who followed in his sister Kate’s footsteps. Starting when he was only 16, Ledger dove headfirst into acting, primarily in Australian films and TV shows. Ledger’s career took off with his performance in the 1999 American film 10 Things I Hate About You.
Ledger’s portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain resulted in him being nominated for a slew of honors. However, it wasn’t until months after Ledger’s untimely death that his probably best acting performance, in The Dark Knight, was released to the public.
What killed Heath Ledger?
Ledger was discovered unconscious by his cleaner and massage therapist on January 22, 2008, at his Manhattan residence. Death was officially declared less than 40 minutes after he was found. At the time, he was 28 years old.
According to the autopsy results, Heath Ledger died of acute combined drug intoxication. Hydrocodone, diazepam, oxycodone, temazepam, doxylamine, and alprazolam were all found in Ledger’s system, according to the toxicology report. Opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone are commonly used to alleviate pain.
Ledger had previously admitted to struggling with insomnia, particularly while filming and had been prescribed diazepam and alprazolam to alleviate his anxiousness. People all throughout the world were shocked by Heath Ledger’s untimely demise. Though it is not clear whether it was a suicide or an accident.
He was riding high on the success of his turn in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and the anticipation surrounding his role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Whereas The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was well-received by critics, on the whole, The Dark Knight was universally praised, with particular acclaim going to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the psychotic Joker.
Ledger became the first posthumous winner of an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the psychotic, homicidal character.
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