Heath Ledger: Autopsy Results, $20 Bills, and Citizen Reports
More reports are coming in about the tragic death of actor Heath Ledger.
UPDATE: A rolled up $20 dollar bill was discovered next to Ledger's body, but authorities are not speculating as to whether or not this had a part to play in Ledger's drug overdose.
A rolled-up $20 bill was found near Heath Ledger's body, though no illegal drugs were found in his apartment, police said Wednesday — the same day an autopsy on the "Brokeback Mountain" actor came back inconclusive.
Authorities found six different types of prescription drugs in Ledger's apartment, including pills to treat insomnia and anxiety and an antihistamine, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Three of the drugs were prescribed in Europe.
The $20 bill was to be taken to a lab for testing, though no visible drug residue was found on it, police said. At a Manhattan news conference, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly did not elaborate on whether police think the bill, discovered on the floor near Ledger's bed, may have been used to snort drugs.
Autopsy results were released this morning, but determined to be inconclusive:
A day after 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a Manhattan apartment, stunned friends and colleagues mourned the Oscar-nominated star of Brokeback Mountain.
Early autopsy results were inconclusive, and the New York medical examiner's office said Wednesday that more testing was needed.
Heath Ledger's family rejected any suggestion Wednesday that the actor killed himself and joined fellow Australians in mourning one of their rising stars after he was found dead in a New York apartment.
The Australian-born actor was found face-down and naked at the foot of a bed in a Manhattan apartment Tuesday. Police said there were prescription sleeping pills near Ledger's body.
Ledger's family members faced a throng of journalists in the actor's hometown of Perth in western Australia and read a statement saying his death was purely accidental, though they did not say whether he died of an overdose.
"We, Heath's family, can confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda," Ledger's father Kim told reporters. "He was found peacefully asleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. U.S. time."
Hours after news came out about Heath Ledger's tragic passing crowds of people began to gather outside the actor's apartment building, while television crews filmed the public's reaction. While some came with flowers, the majority arrived with their camera phones to snap photos of the location and to become a part of the news story.
Rubber necking is a common reaction to tragedy, but this obsession with becoming a part of the story has increased since blogging and phonecams came into the picture. Citizen journalism is as much about embedding yourself in the news as it's about passing along the information. This is especially true when it comes to celebrities. Look at Perez Hilton for example. The guy started a blog to rag on the famous, turning himself into a celebrity in the meantime. What better way to embed yourself in the alluring lives of celebrities than to ride on their coattails, using journalism as your ticket in?
Heath Ledger filmed himself ‘commiting suicide’ – in an eerie tribute video to British songwriter NICK DRAKE, who killed himself in 1974.
The actor, who was found dead yesterday in a New York apartment with sleeping pills nearby, is seen drowning himself in a bath in the clip he shot for track Black Eyed Dog.
The song is about depression, which Ledger is rumoured to have suffered from and is allegedly the last song Drake wrote before overdosing on antidepressants.
The film has only been shown twice – at a Drake festival in Seattle last Summer and in Los Angeles last October.
The clip is owned by the Drake estate, who are currently deciding whether to make it public or not.
Speculation has also been raised about whether or not Terry Gilliam's planned film starring Ledger will be completed:
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus — "whose $30 million budget, according to Variety, was dependent on Ledger's participation — is in limbo. The film had reportedly finished shooting its London segments and was heading to Vancouver for blue-screen work, which means there was presumably plenty more for Ledger to shoot. Will this be the second Gilliam project to disappear into the dustbin?