Heath Ledger’s father found out about his son’s death on the TV news

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CW: This article discusses drug abuse and drug-related death.

Kim Ledger, the father of the late actor Heath Ledger, has recalled the life-changing moment he found out his son had died via the TV news.

Speaking to the Addicted podcast this week, Kim said he had received a call from a business partner on January 22, 2008, asking how the family were doing. The partner quickly ended the conversation when he realised the Ledgers didn’t know Heath had passed.

A few more phone calls from concerned friends moved Kim to turn on the television, where he saw footage of his son’s body being loaded into an ambulance.

“We kinda felt like we were the last to know.

“We literally turned the television on [and] the first thing I saw was them carting the stretcher out to put in an ambulance. That’s the vision that will always stay with me. I couldn’t believe it.”

Heath died at the age of 28 after suffering a cardiac arrest. His body had succumbed to a mixture of prescription drugs: a combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine.

Kim appeared on the podcast to discuss his son’s tragic death as part of his work with non-profit organisation ScriptWise, which he founded to help reduce and prevent prescription medication misuse and overdose fatalities in Australia.

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Written By Hayley