Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mystery of Heath Ledger Death

According to People Magazine, Federal prosecutors in New York have closed an investigation into the fatal prescription drug overdose of actor Heath Ledger without bringing charges. Its report, citing an unidentified law enforcement source, also said the U.S. Attorney's Office would not enforce a subpoena issued in the case by a federal grand jury against actress Mary-Kate Olsen.

Ledger has a 2-year-old daughter, Matilda, by his "Brokeback Mountain" co-star, Michelle Williams. Ledger was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a gay cowboy in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain." His final role as the villainous Joker in the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," released last month, is being critically hailed with Internet buzz touting him as an Oscar candidate in 2009.

Federal authorities have involved in the case could not immediately be reached for comment. Olsen's lawyer, Michael Miller, declined to comment. Olsen, 22, was a friend of the Heath Ledger (28-year-old Australian actor) and the first person called by his masseuse when he was found dead in his New York apartment in January. She summoned private security guards who arrived at the scene about the same time as emergency medical personnel.

Ledger's death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription medications, including the painkillers hydrocodone and oxycodone. Moreover, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has conducted an inquiry into the source of those medications and that Olsen had declined to speak with investigators unless granted immunity from prosecution.

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