Heath Ledger's Death Ruled Accidental Overdose

Lesson: be careful with the prescription pills. Ending weeks of speculation with official closure and a bit of universal health advice, actor Heath Ledger's death on January 22nd has been attributed to an "acute intoxication" of several prescription medications. A New York medical examiner said that toxicology reports show that a lethal combination of anxiety medications (Xanax, Valium), sleeping aids (Restoril, Unisom) and pain killers (Vicodin, OxyContin) were found in his system at the time of death. Information pertaining to which drugs or what doses proved most responsible was not revealed. Ledger's family issued a statement, here's an excerpt...

"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."

In related news, the official website for Ledger's last film, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, has gone live. If you click here you will see the words "Coming Soon." According to a source at Quick Stop Entertainment, the production has not ceased, and yet certain "shady parties" would like the general public to think The Dark Knight was the 28-year-old actor's final role. Um, okay. Regarding Doctor Parnassus, there are no new developments to the rumors that Ledger's role will be recast (with Johnny Depp?) and/or that CGI will be utilized to complete his part. Stay tuned.