Heath Ledger's Family Releases Statement

The family of actor Heath Ledger, speaking from Applecross, Australia, released a statement regarding their son, who was found dead yesterday afternoon in a Soho loft.

From the Huffington Post:

“We, Heath’s family, confirm the very tragic, untimely and accidental passing of our dearly loved son, brother and doting father of Matilda, who was found in a peaceful sleep in his New York apartment by his housekeeper at 3:30 p.m. (EST)," his father, Kim, read while accompanied by mother Sally and Ledger’s sister, Katie.

We would like to thank our friends and everyone around the world for their kind wishes at this time.

Heath has touched so many people on so many different levels during his short life, but few had the pleasure to truly know him.

He was a down-to-earth, generous, kind-hearted, life-loving and unselfish individual who was an extreme inspiration to many.

Please now respect our family’s need to grieve and come to terms with our loss privately."

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Heath Ledger's Family Releases Statement