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January 22, 2008

Complete report on Heath Ledger's death

Throughout the day, gaysocialites.blog has given you the details of Heath Ledger's death as they unfolded, but we thought it would be appropriate to bring things together with a full report.

At 3:35pm on Tuesday, Heath Ledger's housekeeper went into his room to notify him that a masseuse had arrived for their scheduled appointment. Upon entering the room, the masseuse and the housekeeper found Heath's naked body laying face down on the bed.

The complete details are fuzzy as to whether or not Ledger was dead when they found him. TMZ is reporting that Heath "had been dead for a while," but local reports in New York say his housekeeper found him in complete cardiac arrest.

There was also some speculation that the apartment where Heath Ledger was staying belonged to Mary-Kate Olsen, but that actually isn't the case. We knew that early on, that's why we didn't report it.

The Olsen twins, however, are tied to Ledger's death. Local reports also say that Heath's housekeeper called Ashley Olsen's bodyguard to come over as he is also an EMT. Ashley lives in Soho, just around the corner from where Heath died. Olsen's bodyguard arrived after the cops did, so he wasn't the one trying to revive the Australian actor. The NYPD moved Ledger's body to the floor and tried to resuscitate him.

Several people close to Ledger have come forward saying he had pnemonia when he died. Early reports said there were sleeping pills scattered around on the bed near his body, but the Ledger family says Heath did not kill himself. They told TMZ that "there is no evidence to support the buzz that he may have committed suicide."

Sky News published a statement from Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

"It was with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Heath Ledger. It is tragic that we have lost one of our nation's finest actors in the prime of his life. Heath Ledger's diverse and challenging roles will be remembered as some of the great performances by an Australian actor."

Quickly after the story broke, fans and paparazzi headed to 421 Broome Street where the news was literally unfolding. It took several hours before rescue workers emerged with a black body bag containing the remains of Heath Ledger.

This is truly a very sad day in the entertainment business. An autopsy is expected to take place on Wednesday.

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I will surely miss him, his performance in Brokeback Mountain was just exilerating. So much so that being gay and in the closet was no longer an option for me. THANK YOU HEATH. We will miss you dearly. Your gay and proud friends in Providence KY

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