Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Heath Ledger's death was an accident.


The NYC medical examiner has finished the toxicology report following the death of Heath Ledger, and has just ruled that the actor's death was caused by "acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine."

The NYPD found five medications in Ledger's apartment after his death, including anti-anxiety medications alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium) and Lorazepam (Ativan). The sleeping medication zopiclone (Imovane) and the sedative temazepam (Restoril) -- which is used by people with "debilitating insomnia" -- were also found. Doxylamine is an antihistamine used in the short-term treatment of insomnia.

The medical examiner has ruled that Heath Ledger's death is an "accident," resulting from the "abuse of prescription medications."
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20 comments:

Seumas said...

Why was this not ruled a suicide? If you're smart enough to tie your own shoes, you know the extreme risk of mixing medications. Especially drugs like xanax, valium... even alcohol.

Ruling this an "accident" is like ruling it an accident when someone jumps off a bridge and splats into the concrete below.

stevobar said...

Sad,sad,sad...there is nothing else to say.

gay bob said...

At least he left us with some decent nude shots.

Mykie said...

This is just so sad. He was probably one of my favorite actors, and yes, I DID see Brokeback. I didn't watch THAT scene, but the movie was really good.

Mykie said...

Seum, I think that I read somewhere the theory is that he had take something, forgotten he had taken it and then taken something else as he was desperate for sleep. I don't know how he could have done that with SIX meds, but if he didn't get them legally, he may not have known they didn't interact well.

In essence this WAS a suicide, perhaps just not an INTENTIONAL suicide.

gay bob said...

Maybe he was just trying to make the voices stop.

gay bob said...

mykie, you could have watched "THAT scene." Needless to say I was very disappointed that it was soooooo nothing.

stevobar said...

I didn't watch that scene either...but then again, I still cover me eyes when men and women kiss on-screen...I'm shy that way.

scamorama said...

Those of you who can't imagine this being an accident have evidently never "been there" or been with anyone who was.

These drugs really screw up your thinking. So much, that, yes, you CAN forget you took them.

I speak as someone who took his ex-wife to the ER many times. I could have made the trip more often if not for the times I stopped her from taking meds I knew she had already taken. And in each case, she maintained she hadn't.

stevobar said...

Next time I forget how many Xanax's and shots of Old Crow I've had, I'm calling Scamorama!!!

scamorama said...

Anytime I can help, stevobar!

Come to think, whenever my ex was in one of her "moments", her eyes looked like Britney Murphy's...

Shovelhead said...

Anna Nichole Smith we can sorta see it and forgive because she had the brains of a crustacean. Heath was allegedly pretty smart and had talent.

So, by accident I guess the ME concluded (and how, exactly?) that Heath's mouth was accidently pried open, the pill bottles accidently opened themselves and then accidently emptied their contents down his throat.

Don't mean to come off as harsh, but what part of this is an "accident"?

Seumas said...

I guess I could imagine if he was so out of it (lack of sleep, one drug) that he forgot he had taken something.

But if you knowingly take more than one drug without a doctor or pharmacist's confirmation that it's safe... well...

I mean, really, it isn't a matter of "I didn't know these two would react badly". Everyone knows that by default you just don't mix prescription drugs.

I suspect that it wouldn't take a lot of sleep deprivation before your mental capacities truly began to diminish, so perhaps he didn't even have the basis for reasonable judgment at all by that time whether or not he knew he was mixing them.

Even so, I'd rather know he died from poor judgment than a cocaine overdose or intentionally poisoning himself, I suppose.

Mykie said...

Thanks to everyone that is encouraging me to watch that scene, graphic or not, I really don't need to see it to know it's there. LMAO I don't know that it took anything away from the movie by not seeing it. Now if you give me strong reason why it did, then I MIGHT consider watching it. I'm not a prude, not by a long shot, but there are just some things I do NOT need to see! LMAO

gay bob said...

mykie, I don't particularly like to se straight people going at it on the screen, but I don't avert my eyes. GET OVER IT.

scamorama said...

I don't need to see anyone "going at it" onscreen. It doesn't realy add anything for me.

The films of Gable & Lombard, Bogart & Bacall, and Tracy & Hepburn certainly didn't suffer without those scenes.

Mykie said...

gay bob - Don't get me wrong, I don't enjoy watching two women either. Something about it creeps me out, but it's a personal choice so nope, not gonna get over it. LOL

gay bob said...

So mykie, I suppose porn is out of the question then?

Mykie said...

Long as it's straight porn, nope, that doesn't bother me. However I have children at home, makes it hard to watch stuff like that. Though I'm sure that my 16 year old wouldn't mind. Sick, sick boy.

born to wander said...

thank goodness we'll always have the "REALLY TALL HEAD in a stocking cap" shot to remember him by.