Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Heath Ledger: More answers, and questions








Jason Carroll
360 Correspondent


The scene at 421 Broome street has been eerie.

News cameras and still photographers mobbed the street last night and early this morning, taking pictures of a makeshift shrine in front of Heath Ledger's apartment.

Flowers, candles, letters, and a magazine photo of the actor adorned the sidewalk next to the entrance of the posh four-story loft building, right in front of a high end fashion store.

People would walk by, some stopping to read the cards and letters, some asking us what happened. And everyone had the same question, how did he die?

The autopsy today was "inconclusive," and police have been reluctant to speculate over the cause. But they revealed more details on what happened the day Ledger was found dead.

Police shot down rumors of illegal drug use, but are investigating whether the prescription drugs found nearby had anything to do with his death. And, it may be another two weeks before we have a solid answer on how Ledger died.

Program note: See Jason Carroll's report on 360 at 10p, 11p, and 1a ET
Posted By CNN: 9:48 PM ET
  10 Comments
The bottom line is a young talented man has died. It's a tragedy that we all wish had never happened.
I agree with most people who say, give the family and memory of Mr Ledger privacy.

Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.
Posted By Blogger Lorie Ann : 10:18 PM ET
It might not have been illegal drugs, but he did OD. Why are people so surprised, since we all know it clearly states on prescription bottles that you shouldn't mix medications with other medications? It's already proven that he had four or five different pills around the apt.
Posted By Anonymous james, bethpage, n.y. : 10:19 PM ET
Jason,

I have stayed away from this story for the most part, but I saw your report tonight. I was saddened to see the paparazzi outside Heath's girlfriend, Michelle Williams’ home. I thought it was so disrespectful. I don't understand what they expected to see.

It is difficult to understand how a young, handsome, successful man could die so unexpectedly, but it does happen, and it forces people to think about their own mortality and maybe appreciate their lives a little more.

My heart goes out to his family.

Jo Ann
North Royalton, Ohio
Posted By Blogger Jo Ann : 11:49 PM ET
I also was dismayed to see those metal fences set up outside Michelle Williams apartment to keep back the curiosity-seekers. Thank you for keep ing on the story and keeping a respectful distance away. . .
Posted By Anonymous john j, houston, tx. : 12:34 AM ET
How very serious and how sad this story is . Do you think we all mourn just a little more when a person dies young? It must be difficult covering a story about someone this famous and this young dying. Thanks for your reports.
Posted By Anonymous Dennis P., Seattle Wa. : 12:51 AM ET
Its always sad when someone so young dies. I just hope that the paparazzi will leave Michelle Williams alone and especially her and Heath's 2 year old daughter. Its sad to think that no matter how he died or why that his daughter will probably not remember him because she is so young.

Such a loss for his family. My sympathies are with them all.

Annie Kate
Birmingham AL
Posted By Blogger Annie Kate : 1:33 AM ET
Hi Jason, I saw your report tonight and I have to say I continue to be touched by his death. I don't know this young man, yet the kind words I hear about him from people all the time makes me so sad that he is no longer with us. All I can say is we should just wait for the final autopsy report. In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

Lilibeth
Edmonds, Washington
Posted By Blogger Lilibeth : 3:52 AM ET
Does anyone else see a problem with this timeline business? Why didn't someone call 911 at 3:10 instead of calling Mary-Kate Olsen when they couldn't wake him or get any kind of response? What were these people thinking???? Maybe EMS could have revived him if they'd gotten there 30 MINUTES EARLIER than they did!!!!

What does Dr. Gupta think? He's a qualified medical examiner - I'd be interested to know his opinion. Would that 30 minutes have made a difference?
Posted By Anonymous Fran - Mililani, HI : 9:16 AM ET
I think that is why we want to know....it just doesn't make sense and came out of left field.

The autopsy left more questions than answers for his family and those who are watching.

It seems so tragic that someone is gone so fast and there weren't any signs that it was coming.

I think his family needs a chance to deal with their loss without the public or media creating scenarios and saying bad things about him that could be unfounded.

It is better to err on the side of accident until the truth is known.

I think the world cares because he was a nice, easy-going individual and his personability is what makes this loss sad. We don't want nice people to leave this world early.
Posted By Anonymous Sabrina in Los Angeles : 12:46 AM ET
As a message therapist didn't she attend some sort of anatomy class? What about CPR? She stated that she wanted "guidance" but the question is did he just quit breathing? If so then he may have been in respiratory distress and 911 would have gotten her a faster response on initiating CPR than Mary-Kate not answering her phone. Sounds like the MT was more concerned with contacting this particular "friend" for other reasons. Guess I need to remember to call someone across the US next time I see someone choking!!!

If the case is that he had just slipped into distress then then chances are she just commited manslaughter just because she wanted to chat with the former full house star! Is she or the maid going to be charged... how can you not see that something is wrong???

We just need to remember when this 21 year old MT needs medical attention nobody call 911, she'd recommend calling her friends at the end of her contact lists!!!
Posted By Anonymous rosanna edmondson : 12:56 PM ET
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