Ledger’s dad compares Heath to Michael

By Alexandra Heilbron on July 6, 2009 | 38 Comments

Heath Leger & Michael JacksonHeath Ledger‘s father, Kim Ledger, has spoken out about how the death of Michael Jackson has affected his family. Heath was found dead in his apartment in January 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Jackson, who was found unconscious at his home on June 25, is rumored to have also died from a lethal dose of prescription drugs. Speaking to Australian weekly magazine Woman’s Day, Kim Ledger said: “On the day Michael died, I spoke to my daughter and former wife Sally. We all had such a down day.” He explained that Jackson’s death had reopened old wounds for the family, but added: “At the end of the day, we’re all responsible for what goes into us and I blame Heath for not being responsible.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. gypsy • July 6, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

    .Yes we are responsible for whatever we do or take but do you have any idea what his mental health was at the time he took drugs.Maybe if he was struggling with a problem he felt that there was nobody family or friend that he could talk to.The lesson here is always be there for anyone who doesn’t seem to be in the right state of mind and if you know the person well enough you ll see a difference in their attitude the way they talk how they respond to different situations their normal everyday routines then as a friend or parent call them on the obvious character change and poke and prod do everything humanly possible to intervene and help.Even if they don’t want help;DONT GIVE UP ON THEM.

  2. Ryan • July 6, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

    Although I disagree with gypsy’s use of grammar, I do agree with the point he/she made at the beginning of their statement regarding his mental health. Heath was responsible for his own life by making decisions, albeit perhaps not wise decisions regarding his health if it was an accidental overdose. If it wasn’t, then he was evidently troubled, and his father is obviously allowed to be upset, but he shouldn’t take out his anger on his son for not approaching him with what may have been serious depression or a mental illness.

    In his earlier career he was hesitant and shy about being in the spotlight, regardless of the numerous high-profile role offers he recieved and the rockstar personae his colleagues said he exuded while on and off of the set. The decisions he made regarding his career, at least in my opinion, made him a more respectable actor in what often appears as a scrutinizing profession bent on public appeasement.

  3. Carol • July 6, 2009 @ 7:22 PM

    I don’t think the two are comparable. And some people feel alone even if there are people there, once you are in that state, it’s not easy to recognize the resouces available to you, even if they are close family and friends. Each case is different. Michael had his kids, and that in itself puts a different twist on it, The body can only take so much, and his probably just had enough.

  4. tributegirl • July 6, 2009 @ 7:36 PM

    Heath has a daughter as well, I think Matilda is about, what, 3 or 4 years old now? Something like that. But I agree, Carol, the two aren’t comparable, in fact, Michael really can’t be compared to very many people, some people have been comparing him to Elvis, which is probably the closest comparison I can think of.

  5. Jo-Anne • July 6, 2009 @ 10:07 PM

    I think the glaringly obvious comparison above article is getting at is the prescription drugs contribution to the loss of both celebrities lives…

    I am kind of surprised Kim would be speaking of “blame” in regards to Heath now…

  6. Kim • July 6, 2009 @ 10:40 PM

    God only knows what that poor man has been through. To lose a child is the worst pain imaginable. And he’s probably had people coming up to him left and right saying it was Heath’s fault. To me, he’s just saying, ‘yeah, I know my son was irresponsible to let this happen and to hurt us all this way.’ Mr. Ledger is obviously still in a lot of pain – the pain of losing someone, especially before their time, never goes away, it stays with you forever. And it sounds like seeing another young man die in the same way from being irresponsible with medication brought all the pain flooding back.

  7. mandee • July 6, 2009 @ 11:45 PM

    unless they purposely killed themselves, i dont see how either one of these men can be blamed for what happened to them. the doctor(s) that prescribed heaths medication clearly didnt take into account the other medication he was on. it was already determined that heaths death was a mistake. if they did commit suicide, i feel for both of them. its easy to feel like no one can understand you, and its easy to feel like you cant talk to even your friends and family. perhaps out of fear of what they will think of you, or that they wont believe you or take you seriously. either way, both losses were terrible and heartbreaking and i do agree that the only reason they were “compared” was because it was prescription pills that seem to have caused both deaths. RIP both of you.

  8. lily • July 7, 2009 @ 7:53 AM

    beautifully said, mandee. I agree one hundred percent.

  9. Nancy • July 7, 2009 @ 4:15 PM

    Drug addicts are to blame for over-dosing. Jeeze, everyone knows not to mix medications!

  10. Jo-Anne • July 7, 2009 @ 5:46 PM

    I agree 100 percent as well, mandee, written well and with compassion, a wonderful trait unfortunately not everyone has…

  11. mandee • July 7, 2009 @ 10:48 PM

    when a doctor prescribes you different medication, yanno someone that has been to MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, you tend to listen to their judgment more than your own. doesnt mean you deserve to die, or that its your fault. when someone prescribes you or your kids antibiotics or any other type of meds nancy, do you refuse to get them filled just because that will make you a drug addict?

  12. mandee • July 8, 2009 @ 2:05 AM

    thanks jo, your comment wasnt there last time i posted?

  13. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 2:09 PM

    Ummmmmmmmmm…”antibiotics” do not turn you into a “drug addict”! Here in Canada, we also have computers at our pharmacies which tells the pharmacist which drugs interact with other medications you happen to be taking. I also NEVER said that the Dr. was innocent in all of this. When these people are using multiple names to collect all these different medications (Anna Nicole, Heath, Michael Jackson), they are OBVIOUSLY purposefully trying to deceive the computer at the pharmacy, the pharmacist, family and friends, etc., and to be taking more than ANY Dr. would prescribe at any given time….they are NOT innocent either. They are to blame for their own deaths.

  14. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 2:17 PM

    Mandee: Antibiotics and alot of other medications do not turn people into drug addicts. People become addicted to prescription narcotics by abusing the prescription or for taking the narcotics long term, in which their Dr. needs to ween them down from so as to avoid withdrawals and get them clean.

  15. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 2:19 PM

    Michael, Heath, Anna Nicole, and I’m sure several others, were/are paying Dr.’s to prescribe them narcotics under several different names….they know exactly what they are doing.

  16. mandee • July 8, 2009 @ 2:50 PM

    you cant help it if you take prescription narcotics for say, bad pain and somehow become addicted. that still doesnt make it THEIR fault because their doctors are the ones that prescribed them something that could potentially become addictive or bad for their health. with heath, once again, it doesnt compare because he was on different types of meds that reacted badly with each other. (meaning, accidental) from what my sisters been saying the news has said, michael jackson was starving himself and was really tiny and all that was in his stomach was pills. THAT sounds to me like he was trying to kill himself (meaning on purpose).

  17. mandee • July 8, 2009 @ 2:51 PM

    i meant back pain not bad

  18. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 3:11 PM

    When they ABUSE the narcotics, ie: taking too many pills at once or taking multiple medications at once…they know they are taking a risk. They are both to blame, the Dr. and the patient. It starts off with them taking the medication as prescribed and then their body starts to become immune to it. In return, they need to take more to get the same effect they used to get from the original dose. Next thing you know, they are taking handfuls at a time and getting next to nothing from it, so then they need to take something else with it as well. When the Dr. discovers that this person has a problem, they are supposed to “red flag” their file (so that no other Dr. ever prescribes them a narcotic again) and get them into a methodone clinic which weens them down off the narcotics. When this is not done, the Dr. is just as much to blame as the patient.

  19. tributegirl • July 8, 2009 @ 3:58 PM

    Clearly, Carol and I were not just talking about death by accidental overdose, if that were the case, both of these men could be compared to many, many people. We were talking about the whole picture when comparing these two men.

  20. tributegirl • July 8, 2009 @ 4:02 PM

    Nancy, yes, the files do get red flagged. With Heath, I think he had different prescriptions from different countries, with Michael, apparently he had different prescriptions in different names. But his own personal doctor would probably have known what he was taking, also his own personal doctor was giving him a demerol shot every day. So, he would be a very good doctor to avoid!
    Also, don’t forget Chris Benoit (I think his name was Chris? the wrestler), another case of the patient wanting certain things, and because they have money, the doctor gives whatever the patient asks for, with sometimes deadly results. Not good.

  21. mandee • July 8, 2009 @ 5:46 PM

    i still believe heaths death was merely accidental. i dont believe that he was taking too many of one type of pill, the article when he died said from MIXING prescription pills. not from taking a bunch of the same ones. and no need to be rude tributegirl or nancy, i wasnt being rude to either one of you, i was just stating my opinion. you both seem a bit snotty in your posts.

  22. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 7:08 PM

    ?? I wasn’t being “snotty” at all and I never took Tributegirl’s comment to be either. Aren’t you the one who keeps talking about people taking others comments the wrong way on here? Yet, you’re the first to jump there. Also, Tributegirl nor I said Heath or anyone else died from “taking too many of one type of pill”, we BOTH mentioned mixing medications…clear as day in both of our comments…so, “no need to be rude” or “a bit snotty”, mandee.

  23. tributegirl • July 8, 2009 @ 7:57 PM

    mandee, where was I rude and snotty? I certainly did not mean to be, and would like you to point that out to me, if you don’t mind, because I’m thinking maybe there has been a misunderstanding. My comments were on the topic at hand, I did not try to get involved in anything.

  24. Nancy • July 8, 2009 @ 8:28 PM

    Hahaha…Tributegirl, I don’t believe there was a misunderstanding at all. It’s called “instigating b*llsh!t”…same pile even! That’s the thing, it never changes, it’s always the same pile and gets really boring after awhile.

  25. mandee • July 8, 2009 @ 9:02 PM

    tg, i didnt mean you were getting involved in anything, there was nothing going on. we were all talking about the subject, and i must have taken both of you to be being rude when you werent meaning to. (again, the tones arent implied so maybe i was getting a bit defensive over nothing) so im sorry about the misunderstanding and im glad that i took it the wrong way, rather than you meaning it how i took it. heres what i mistook as snotty : “Clearly, Carol and I were not just talking about death by accidental overdose” i assumed because you said “clearly” you were trying to be rude to me. nancy, i always assume youre being snotty, because even when i was still being nice and said you both seemed a bit snotty in your posts, you accuse me of “instigating b*llsh!t” which i wasnt doing, i was just telling you how i took your comments. like tributegirl did, all you had to do was explain you werent being rude, but instead you start accusing me of trying to cause fights. at least i was being upfront and honest with the 2 of you about what i thought rather than talking ABOUT YOU to someone else.

  26. Yerraynus • July 9, 2009 @ 1:01 AM

    say no to drugs

  27. lily • July 9, 2009 @ 3:25 PM

    I say no to “yer” name… its yucky.

  28. tributegirl • July 9, 2009 @ 6:04 PM

    Oh, well I definitely didn’t mean anything to sound snotty, I’ve seen other people use that word on here and never took it as snotty. But yeah, to be quite honest, I think probably the majority of the fights on here are caused by simple misunderstanding because we can’t always (or usually) quite catch the tone in the comments. Like when some are meant as jokes, but some people take them seriously, that’s when I notice it happen most often. So mandee, when you said we both sounded snotty, I took your comment as defensive, but I guess I was in an extra good mood or something and just wanted to clear the air. Usually I’m like anyone else on here and would automatically get defensive back. Guess I’m in an extra good mood because I’m leaving for vaca tomorrow! Woo Hoo! Can’t wait!
    Also, if you read Nancy’s comments re: narcotic abuse, but put all the defensive stuff aside, she is right on the money. Just with Heath, his prescriptions came from other countries, so probably the doctors he visited had no idea what else he was on, and I doubt he knew how dangerous it was. With Michael, his prescriptions were in different names, but someone had to have known.

  29. tributegirl • July 9, 2009 @ 6:05 PM

    lily, that name is kinda yucky, but…I can’t help it, I laughed when I saw it!

  30. lily • July 9, 2009 @ 7:02 PM

    Must be that good mood your in! Have lots of fun on your holiday!!

  31. mandee • July 9, 2009 @ 10:04 PM

    hope you have a fun safe vacation!! watch out for the swine flu. or is that almost over?? glad we got that misunderstanding out of the way. where are you going?

  32. Nancy • July 10, 2009 @ 12:34 AM

    Have a wonderful trip, Tributegirl. I’ll hold down the fort for you here..hahahaha!! I think that persons name is hilarious too. The comments I’ve seen though from him/her seem pretty serious to me..?? Idk.

    Lily: Yay! Big Brother!!

  33. mandee • July 10, 2009 @ 4:59 AM

    nancy, what did you think of the series finale of harpers island? i finally got all caught up! i was surprised that chloe did what she did, and was disappointed to see jd and cal die 🙁 the end was good, but i think it could have been better. if you saw the ending, ask me what i mean because i dont wanna spoil it if you didnt get to see it yet!

  34. lily • July 10, 2009 @ 6:53 AM

    Nancy: wasn’t that a great start to Big Brother?! I really wanted the athletes to win cause I think Jesse’s going to make it very interesting in that house! I’m crossing my fingers that big boob girl is the first to go.

  35. Nancy • July 10, 2009 @ 11:44 AM

    Mandee: I thought it was okay but weird at the end when Henry was in love with his half sister Abby…that’s just not right! LOL. So, remember Abby’s dad had a file on Jimmy in his attic? I still think Jimmy was in on it. Why else would Henry have kept him alive? The FBI said that Jimmy’s DNA was found in the burned church.

    Lily: I don’t like her either. Nor do I like Russell…the bald guy with the big muscles. He thinks he’s so much better than everyone right from the get-go! But Jeff….Jeff is cute! Oh, I cannot stand Jessie…never could! Jessie and Russell should get along great, haha. I find Jessie very egotistical and for lack of a better word, “stupid”. I think his brain is clogged with too much muscle, LOL!

  36. lily • July 10, 2009 @ 1:06 PM

    Totally agree with you on Jessie, and I think he’s taken even more steroids since the last show…that meatheadedness is what makes him stir things up! Also hate Russell and REALLY like Jeff: I already voted him my fave to win!

  37. lily • July 10, 2009 @ 1:07 PM

    oops sorry: my last comment was for Nancy

  38. mandee • July 10, 2009 @ 3:07 PM

    nancy, i agree that was sick (the half sister thing) but, you have to be sick to be a murderer right? you could be right, jimmy could have been involved…but heres my opinion on the ending. i think it was great, well acted etc, but i think the actual PLOT behind the ending sucked. im so tired of always seeing the “good guys” survive. we all knew abby, maddison and her mom would survive. (forget the moms name, she looked kinda like mj dont you think?) i think the ending would have been better and more unique if it had of turned out that the REAL REASON henry was crazy was because his mom was also secretly crazy…which then should have cause abby to be crazy and just snap and think that he had a good idea all along, and decide she was also in love with him…then she could have herself killed jimmy, they could have both looked for and killed maddison and her mom (come on, its just a show, i wouldnt mean for REAL) and then lived in psychopathic, killing ecstasy for the rest of their lives. id just like to see new things rather than what we are soo used to. its rare that the good guy actually wins.

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