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06 February 2008 @ 06:20 pm
We all knew this already, but here is Heath's autopsy report...  
I love his ornery smile

Accidental Pill Overdose Killed Ledger

Wednesday February 6 10:47 AM ET

Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs, the New York City medical examiner said Wednesday.

The cause of death was "acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine," spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said in a statement.

The drugs are the generic names for the painkiller OxyContin, the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Hydrocodone is a widely used prescription painkiller.

Borakove wouldn't say what concentrations of each drug were found in Ledger's blood, or whether one drug played a greater part than another in causing his death.

"What you're looking at here is the cumulative effects of these medications together," she said.

The ruling comes two weeks after the 28-year-old Australian-born actor was found dead in the bed of his rented SoHo apartment. Police found bottles of six types of prescription drugs, including sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication, in his bedroom and bathroom.

Ledger was discovered by his masseuse on Jan. 22 after she arrived for an appointment that afternoon. She entered his bedroom to set up for the massage and found him unresponsive, and proceeded to call Mary-Kate Olsen three times over the next 9 minutes before dialing 911. Ledger had been dead for some time, and police say no foul play occurred.

Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Brokeback Mountain," had returned to New York from London days before his death, where he had been filming a $30 million Terry Gilliam film. He said in a November interview that his most recent completed roles in the Batman movie "The Dark Night" and Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" had taken a toll, saying he couldn't sleep.

"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told The New York Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he had taken two Ambien pills, which only gave him an hour of sleep.

Ledger's family returned to the actor's hometown of Perth, Australia on Tuesday to prepare for his funeral. Arrangements were private.

In a statement released through Ledger's publicist, Ledger's father, Kim, said Wednesday: "While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."

Dale T. GreatOne: Brokeback Mountaindgreatone on February 7th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)

He was taking six pills all at once, probably one each too many. Not a good idea.
Markboywondermark on February 7th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
You know...I always wonder about the doctors who prescribe all of these meds...don't they ever consider such a scenario?
turtleinashell on February 7th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
I guess the question now is, were they prescribed or did they get to him another way?

Btw, I have an accordion that looks similar to that one. I only wish that I looked similar to Heath. lol.
Markboywondermark on February 7th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
All prescribed I think, honey.

I used to play a trumpet...LOL!

turtleinashell on February 8th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
I just cannot understand these doctors who prescribe so many things to one person. Well, I suppose they could have been prescribed by more than one doctor, I don't know. I haven't kept up with the details.

So you used to play trumpet? Why did you quit? I bet it was a great workout for your lips. ;-) We could have played a duet. Know any songs written for accordion and trumpet together? lol
Markboywondermark on February 10th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Well...I played the trumpet way back in High School! LOL...and it definately worked the lips!

Herp Alpertmay have a song book for a Trumpet/Accordion duet. :)