Family members and few Hollywood stars say their final farewell to Australian actor Heath Ledger during his private memorial service.
Award winning actor Cate Blanchett gave a commendation, before the actor’s body was cremated at a private funeral service attended by few of his family members. His ashes were placedinside urns in Perth for safekeeping.
Co-star and ex-fiancée Michelle Williams of 2005 hit Brokeback Mountain was with her older sister Kate during the service. However, the couple’s daughter Matilda remained at home. Also there for mourning the actor’s death was Australian actors Joel Edgerton and Bryan Brown, model Gemma Ward, along with sports stars and film directors.
Ledger died seemingly due to prescription drugs overdose, which shocked fans from all around the world. According to a New York medical specialist, the actor took six kinds of sedatives and painkillers.
The 28-year-old actor was supposedly a rising star in Hollywood after he won an Oscar nomination for portraying a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. He also portrayed the joker in the new Batman film with Michael Caine and Christian Bale released in Britain.
The actor’s father Kim Ledger pleaded to media to leave his family in peace, but allowed them to cover the service outside a girls’ school where the interment happened. His ashes are now kept in urns in Perth, which can preserve his memories.
Afterwards, the grievers joined another wake at a restaurant on Cottesloe Beach, a beach resort where the dead actor almost frequented.Here, it featured the footages of the actor and his recordings of favourite songs, such as the Beatle’s Here Comes the Sun, Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here, and Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are Changing.
According to state lawmaker Barbara Stott who attended the service, the presentation was such a wonderful tribute to a fantastic guy who had such great talents.
Another memorial in Los Angeles appealed a lot of stars to include Josh Hartnett, Lindsay Lohan and Tom Cruise. According to the actor’s dad, his son was a typical guy who sought no fame for himself but for others.
He pictures Heath bringing his skateboard, a beanie and canvas bag, which was what Heath was to him since, he said days after his death. They will keep visiting his urns in Perth for memories.