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|02-06-2008, 07:18 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2005
Heath Ledger and acidental death
I was wondering if anyone knew the exact drugs Heath was taking the day of his death. I take a bunch of pills before I go to bed and am concerned. thank you. L.
drugs I am now taking: Small dose of trazodone, ambien, klonopin. And Neurontin for the occational severe pain I get from the Tendinitis I have in my shoulders which may may be complicated by a rotator cuff injury. I'm not having any surgery tho!
|02-06-2008, 07:32 PM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Re: Heath Ledger and acidental death
Here's the article and the thread we have about him:
Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose of painkillers, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medication and other prescription drugs, the New York City medical examiner said Wednesday.
The cause of death was "acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine," spokeswoman Ellen Borakove said in a statement.
The drugs are the generic names for the painkiller OxyContin, the anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, and the sleep aids Restoril and Unisom. Hydrocodone is a widely used prescription painkiller.
Borakove wouldn't say what concentrations of each drug were found in Ledger's blood, or whether one drug played a greater part than another in causing his death.
"What you're looking at here is the cumulative effects of these medications together," she said.
The ruling comes two weeks after the 28-year-old Australian-born actor was found dead in the bed of his rented SoHo apartment. Police found bottles of six types of prescription drugs in his bedroom and bathroom.
Ledger's family returned to the actor's hometown of Perth, Australia, on Tuesday to prepare for his funeral. Arrangements were private.
In a statement released through Ledger's publicist, the actor's father, Kim, said Wednesday: "While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescribed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."
Heath Ledger was discovered by his masseuse Jan. 22 after she arrived for an appointment that afternoon. She entered his bedroom to set up for the massage and found him unresponsive, and proceeded to call Mary-Kate Olsen three times over the next 9 minutes before dialing 911. Ledger had been dead for some time, and police say no foul play occurred.
Ledger, nominated for an Oscar for his role in "Brokeback Mountain," had returned to New York from London, where he had been filming a $30 million Terry Gilliam film, days before his death. He said in a November interview that his most recent completed roles in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight" and Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" had taken a toll, saying he couldn't sleep.
"Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night," Ledger told The New York Times. "I couldn't stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." He said he had taken two Ambien pills, which only gave him an hour of sleep.
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Paxil, 20 mg since 1997, for IBS
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|02-07-2008, 12:30 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jul 2007
Re: Heath Ledger and acidental death
I can't imagine anyone taking that many meds at a time. I have no idea what was going on in his life and I know we don't think clearly all of the time but that is just playing with fire.
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