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Ledger Died of Accidental Overdose
2008-02-13


The New York City medical examiner's office said Feb. 6 that actor Heath Ledger—star of such movies as Brokeback Mountain—died of an accidental drug overdose.

According to a statement, Ledger 'died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.' Oxycodone and hydrocodone and oxycodone are painkillers; diazepam is usually sold under the brand name Valium; and alprazolam is sold under various names, including Xanax. Temazepam and doxylamine are sleeping medications.

Ledger died Jan. 22 in a Manhattan apartment at the age of 28. On Feb. 9, Ledger's family and hundreds of mourners held a memorial service in his hometown of Perth, Australia. Among the celebrities who attended were actress/former fiancee Michelle Williams and actress Cate Blanchett.

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